Details via CNN:
A mass burial was held in Indiana on Wednesday for the more than 2,400 fetal remains found last year in the Illinois garage of a doctor who performed abortions.
Dr. Ulrich Klopfer operated three abortion clinics in South Bend, Indiana, before his license was suspended in 2015. He died on September 3.
While going through his belongings after his death, his family found medically-preserved remains at his home in Will County — about 45 miles from Chicago. Investigators found 2,246 fetal remains in the doctor’s garage and additional ones in the trunk of his vehicle.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill held the burial at a cemetery in South Bend, “keeping them together in rest, each of them connected by their common fate,” he said.
“Today, we finally memorialize the 2,411 unborn babies whose remains were senselessly hoarded by Dr. Ulrich Klopfer after he performed the abortions from 2000 to 2003,” Hill said at the burial. “These babies deserved better than a cold, dark garage or the trunk of a car.”
From USA TODAY:
At the burial ceremony, people prayed, sang songs and listened to remarks from anti-abortion advocates. Serena Dyksen, 44, of Elkhart, said she came because she had an abortion performed by Klopfer as a teenager, after she was raped. She said her parents took her to have the abortion done.
“Coming here today was just another layer of the healing process,” said Dyksen, who said she has two children, ages 26 and 24. “As post-abortive men and women, sometimes we think we shouldn’t be able to mourn the loss of our children, but it was a loss of life. It doesn’t matter the situation, the age, I still had a mother’s heart.”
“We don’t want to forget what happened,” she added. “There are so many hurting women in our community because of this. This is a place for mothers to come to mourn the loss of their children.”