Thousands of fetal remains which were reportedly found shortly after an Illinois abortion doctor’s death in September were buried Wednesday at an Indiana cemetery.
The 2,411 fetal remains were buried in South Bend. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill joined 100 people for Wednesday’s ceremony, according to the South Bend Tribune.
Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s relatives reportedly found 2,246 fetuses at his home in Crete Township, Illinois, following his death at age 79. Investigators discovered 71 boxes of fetal remains his garage and an additional 165 remains in Klopfer’s car which was parked at a garage in Dolton.
Reports indicated that Indiana’s Medical Licensing Board suspended Klopfer’s medical license in 2015 after identifying various violations — including failing to ensure that qualified staff was on hand when patients were administered medications before and during abortions.
Authorities believe the aborted fetuses were from abortions Klopfer performed from 2000 to 2002 at Indiana clinics in Fort Wayne, Gary, and South Bend. They estimate that the late doctor conducted tens of thousands of abortions during his 40-year career.
Hill told the Tribune that it’s difficult to ascertain the fetuses’ gestational ages.
“There certainly were some indications that some of the remains would have been outside of the appropriate standard of when it would be appropriate for someone to seek an abortion or qualify for an abortion…beyond the first trimester,” he said.
While Hill indicated that an investigation is ongoing, it’s not immediately clear what’s being investigated.
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