FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Police in Indiana have raided a former abortion mill after thousands of preborn babies' remains were found at the home of a recently deceased abortionist. On the same day, the local bishop offered his Catholic cemeteries as a burial ground.
Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer died Sept. 3. He previously ran abortion facilities in Indiana in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend and performed an estimated 30,000 abortions in his career. After his death, the medically preserved remains of 2,246 preborn children were discovered on Klopfer's private property in Will County, Illinois.
One of the abortion mills where Klopfer worked has now been subject to a police raid.
On Thursday, police in Fort Wayne, Indiana, raided the former abortuary, which closed in 2013. Officials said they did not find remains of aborted babies at the abortion mill. In a press conference on the scene, St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter said, "At this point I can tell you that there are no fetal remains here."
Shawn Sullivan leads the Life Center, a pro-life apostolate next to another one of Klopfer's former abortion facilities located in South Bend.
At a press conference Tuesday, pro-life advocates like Sullivan gathered outside the closed abortuary in South Bend to call for an investigation into the property. Some of those present — including women who had abortions at the facility — spoke of hopes that the preborn babies' corpses could be identified and their respective mothers could be informed.
Sullivan told Church Militant on Wednesday, "Incidentally, Klopfer owns several properties in Indiana, and probably several in Illinois aside from his home. It will not be surprising to any of those involved if we continue to find aborted babies on Klopfer properties. It's just one more tragic aspect of the demented abortion industry."
Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend and is currently running in the Democratic primaries to be the party's presidential nominee in 2020. He is the first openly gay presidential hopeful in U.S. history.
In 2018, Buttigieg was instrumental in blocking a pro-life pregnancy center getting set up next to an abortion clinic in South Bend.
When asked about the discovery of thousands of aborted babies' bodies at the late abortionist's home, Buttigieg commented, "Like everyone, I find that news out of Illinois extremely disturbing, and I think it's important that that be fully investigated."
He went on to say, "I also hope it doesn't get caught up in politics at a time when women need access to health care. There's no question that what happened is disturbing. It's unacceptable, and it needs to be looked into fully."
Mayor @PeteButtigieg addressing the news about former South Bend abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer. Police found more than 2,000 fetal remains at Klopfer’s Illinois home. Buttigieg called it “extremely disturbing” and said he hopes it doesn’t become political pic.twitter.com/WIgqO8YEDG— Max Lewis (@MaxLewisTV) September 18, 2019
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, headed by Monica Miller, sent out an email on Friday encouraging supporters to submit names for the 2,246 preborn babies whose bodies were found at Klopfer's home.
The email stated, "Please join Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League in naming these aborted babies. They deserve to be named. They are abandoned children."
In previous comments to Church Militant on Wednesday, Miller opined, "I think it's possible we haven't seen the end of the accumulation of these bodies."
The bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend is offering cemetery space for the burial of the unborn babies.
Bishop Kevin Rhoades said in a statement on Thursday, "I strongly support the investigation being carried out by the attorneys general of Illinois and Indiana. I also offer any assistance, including the use of our Catholic Cemetery in Fort Wayne, for the proper and dignified burial of the remains of these unborn children."
Bishop Rhoades also criticized pro-abortion politicians, writing:
I am glad that some abortion advocates have joined in expressing their shock and disturbance at the discovery of the remains of the aborted babies, yet I am amazed at their simultaneous deceptive and false affirmation that abortion is health care and serves and empowers women. Some promote an abortion agenda so radical that they support legal abortion even in the third trimester, without restrictions.
Rhoades is not the only bishop offering to help bury the thousands of abortion victims' corpses. As Church Militant noted previously, Bp. R. Daniel Conlon of the Joliet diocese in Illinois also has made a public offer to help give the thousands of babies a proper burial.
Reportedly, authorities in Illinois said that the aborted children's remains will be sent to Indiana.
The discovery of thousands of aborted babies' preserved corpses received some attention in the mainstream media. But some argue the coverage was not enough.
David Mastio, deputy editorial page editor at USA Today, observed in a piece Wednesday, "With thousands of ghoulishly stored dead bodies straight out of a horror movie, medical malpractice and a multistate mystery, you'd think the news media would be all over this story. Not so much."
In like manner, John Hirschauer of the National Review wrote on Tuesday, "The evasion of the media toward this depraved sight, of thousands of small children mummified in a man's house like a bookshelved collection of tchotchkes, is itself a perfect simulacrum of abortion in toto."