SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WANE) — Hundreds of fetal remains found at the Illinois home of the late abortionist Dr. Ulrich Klopfer in September have been buried.
The 2,411 aborted fetal remains found at Klopfer’s property were “memorialized” at a graveside service Wednesday at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend.
A grave marker reads: “IN MEMORY OF THE 2,411 PRECIOUS UNBORN BURIED HERE ON FEB. 12, 2020.”
“Although these abortions took place from 2000 to 2003, until today, the remains have yet to receive an appropriate resting place,” says Indiana State Attorney General Curtis Hill.
It was September when relatives of Klopfer found 2,246 sets of fetal remains in a garage in Will County, Illinois, following his death. Authorities later found another 165 sets of fetal remains inside a car at a Chicago-area business where Klopfer, who died on Sept. 3 at age 79, had kept several cars.
The remains were initially determined to be from abortions Klopfer had performed from 2000 to 2002 at his clinics in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend. Later, investigators determined the remains came from abortions he performed at those clinics between 2000 and 2003.
Shoddy record-keeping and the degraded condition of the remains prevented officials from being able to identify the remains, though.
“While it would have been preferable to return the remains to each city where the procedure took place, that was not possible due to the degradation of the remains, and the unreliability of the records,” says Hill.
In attendance was former Klopfer patient, Serena Dyksen.
“It’s another part of healing, as a 13-year-old who was raped and taken to Klopfer, this was needed,” says Dyksen.
Approaching the anniversary of her abortion, Dyksen has a new place to go to reflect.
“This healing process is like layers, un-peeling an onion. And so, you know, there’s going to be times where it is hard. My abortion date was February 14th, which is Friday. And you know, this will be a place that I can come and just remember my daughter…and her memory. And also keep speaking up on what happened behind those doors,” says Dyksen.
Attorney General Hill reiterated we’ll probably never know why Klopfer stored the fetal remains on his property.
“May each of the 2,411 buried here now and forever rest in peace,” says Hill.
The attorney general’s office is continuing to investigate the remains.