INDIANAPOLIS (ChurchMilitant.com) - Indiana's attorney general is closing out 2020 taking steps that protect mothers and the preborn.
Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Wednesday he had concluded his investigation of abortionist Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. The notorious abortionist transported the remains of 2,246 aborted infants from his abortuaries in Indiana to his rural home in Illinois where he stored them in a garage. Then today, the attorney general's office gave notice of a new law going into effect tomorrow requiring mothers to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion.
Speaking of the Klopfer aftermath, Hill offered this assessment: "This horrific ordeal is exactly why we need strong laws to ensure the dignified disposition of fetal remains. I was humbled to provide these precious babies a proper burial in South Bend."
The infants' remains were discovered when Klopfer died in September 2019. His family began to explore some of the property's outbuildings and discovered boxes and styrofoam containers full of infant remains preserved in a formaldehyde derivative in plastic specimen bags.
When Illinois law enforcement found the infants had been aborted in Indiana between 2000 and 2003, Hill's office became involved and took over both the investigation and custody of the remains. According to the statement from the attorney general's office, it was not possible to identify individual infants.
"Because the remains were in poor condition and the health records were degraded, it was not possible to independently verify the identities of the individual fetal remains," the statement said.
Klopfer was licensed by the state of Indiana in 1979 and performed tens of thousands of abortions over the course of more than three decades. In 2016, his license was indefinitely suspended after he was charged with multiple licensing and criminal infractions.
Because Dr. Klopfer is dead, he cannot be charged with a crime or with medical misconduct. Hill's primary involvement was to have the remains returned to Indiana for burial.
Accordingly, on Feb. 12, 2020, all the infants were interred at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana. Hill presided over the non-denominational service.
He told mourners, "The office of the attorney general identified a burial site with the purpose to memorialize the unborn, keeping them together in rest, each of them connected by their common fate ... each of these a life — a life that was terminated — and each deserves to be secure in a final resting place, with dignity and respect, as should be afforded all human beings."
Hill's statement concluded with the hope that "the results of our investigation provide much-needed closure to everyone who has been impacted by this gruesome case."
In the final day of the year, Hill's office was working on behalf of mothers and infants. His office reminded the public that on Jan. 1, abortuaries will have to provide women with an ultrasound 18 hours before an abortion.
Planned Parenthood challenged the law but ultimately dropped the case.
Hill explained why it backed off.
"Planned Parenthood folded because they saw the likelihood that they would lose their lawsuit if they persisted in fighting Indiana's very reasonable and well-grounded law," Hill said.
Ultrasounds are an important component of informed-consent counseling. The information guides medical personnel and protects women's mental health, giving them as much information as possible to aid their decision-making.
Indiana's attorney general is one of the nation's strongest advocates for women and the preborn.