INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE/AP) — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said Friday his office will work to bring the fetal remains of more than 2,000 unborn babies back to Indiana as the investigation into the late Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s Indiana abortion clinics and other properties continues on.
It was more than a week ago when authorities found fetal remains sealed in individual bags inside more than 70 boxes stacked in the garage of Klopfer’s Illinois home. The remains were from abortions performed in Indiana, including Fort Wayne, from 2000, 2001 and 2002. Klopfer performed abortions at clinics in Fort Wayne, South Bend and Gary.
On Thursday, then, police around the state served search warrants at Klopfer’s now-shuttered clinics to search any additional fetal remains. Boxes were removed from a building at 2210 Inwood Drive that served as an abortion clinic in Fort Wayne, authorities searched of a shuttered South Bend abortion clinic also once operated by Klopfer.
In a press conference Friday in Indianapolis, Hill said his office worked with local police departments in the “series of operations” across northern Indiana on Thursday to search Klopfer’s former clinics for any additional remains.
No additional fetal remains were located during the raids, Hill said.
Now, Hill said his office will work to have the remains – “2246 lives abandoned and discarded,” he called them – found in Illinois returned to Indiana.
“We are going to bring our babies home,” Hill pledge, saying his office would “determine exactly what happened here” and make sure the fetal remains are “treated with respect.”
He also said the state would investigate whether anyone else helped Klopfer in taking the remains across state lines rather than properly disposing of them according to the law.
“I think it’s deplorable that folks who went through this procedure have to relive this,” Hill said.
Hill said his office has been contacted by women who had abortions performed by Klopfer, wondering if the fetal remains were their own. The attorney general’s office said those with concerns about fetal remains should either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (317) 234-6663.