(CNN) – The bodies of more than 2,000 medically-preserved fetal remains were found in a home in Illinois.
They were apparently saved by a former Indiana abortion doctor who passed away a couple weeks ago.
Dr. Ulrich Klopfer performed abortions at the Women’s Pavillion in South Bend and at clinics in Fort Wayne and Gary.
He died on September 3.
A little more than a week later, the Will County Coroner’s Office in Illinois received a call from an attorney representing his family.
They reported finding fetal remains on Klopfer’s personal property and requested proper removal.
When they arrived, authorities found 2,246 medically-preserved fetal remains.
Jackie Appleman with the St. Joseph County Right to Life said, “Indiana recently passed a law that fetal remains need to be given proper burial or cremated.”
“It was really shocking to hear the news that these remains were found,” Appleman said.
Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, an abortion provider, was asked to comment on camera, but they provided a statement instead.
The statement reads in part, “All of us at Whole Woman’s Health Alliance are shocked by yesterday’s news. We join the community seeking more information and awaiting the results of the investigation.”
Meanwhile, politicians weren’t shy to comment either.
In a statement, US Representative Jackie Walorski said, in part, “Every human life is precious. This tragic case shows why abortion providers must be held to strict guidelines and face rigorous oversight.”
Appleman with St. Joseph County Right to Life said this is more than a political issue.
“Thousands of women are impacted by what Klopfer did to them,” Appleman said.
Whole Woman’s Health Alliance said they “serve the community with high-quality abortion care services that respect the dignity of women and families.”
Back in 2015, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board suspended Klopfer’s medical license.
The question that many are wanting to be answered is why he kept the fetal remains in his house and didn’t properly dispose of them.
The coroner’s office said it won’t comment on the case until Monday.
(This story was originally published on September 15, 2019)