Indiana Attorney General announces update on Klopfer case

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FILE – This Sept. 17, 2014, file photo, shows Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. Questions about what motivated the enigmatic abortion doctor to keep over 2,000 fetal remains at his Chicago-area home may never be fully answered. The remains were discovered stacked in his garage after Klopfer died at 79 on Sept. 3. (South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT)- Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill released a preliminary report Tuesday saying that accurately identifying the over 2,400 preserved fetal remains found among the personal belongings of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer is “not possible.”

Over 2,200 remains were initially found in Will County, Illinois following Klopfer’s death in September and an additional 165 more were found following searches at his former offices, all in Indiana.

According to the report, Klopfer performed “tens of thousands” of abortions over his career, which ended in 2016 when his medical license was suspended indefinitely by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board for “poor record keeping, failure to provide appropriate anesthesia to patients, and performing abortions on thirteen year old patients without proper reporting to the state.”

Klopfer had clinics in South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Gary, Indiana and the remains were originally thought to come from a two year period between 2000 and 2002 but new information uncovered by the report show that the remains came from a three year period between 2000 and 2003.

The Attorney General’s office says it intends to have the remains interred “in a respectful and dignified manner in accordance with state law.” The final report will be released following the conclusion of the investigation, though no time table for that is known.

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(This story was originally published on December 31, 2019)

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