Officers began searching the building at 2210 Inwood Drive just before 9 a.m. Investigators from the Indiana Attorney Generals Office and local police had arrived at the scene about 8 a.m. before obtaining a search warrant to go inside the clinic, where Klopfer performed abortions until 2013.
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News of his Sept. 3 death came as a surprise to locals who worked in the neighboring buildings, and were accustomed to seeing Klopfer during his weekly overnight stays in the clinic basement. Even in the years since Klopfers office was shut down, the doctor stopped by regularly, said Thomas Bastress, who owns a Napa Auto Parts store next door to Klopfers shuttered clinic.
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Hed come over here every Thursday, and the last two Thursdays he wasnt here and we knew something was up, Bastress said.
“In April 2018, Buttigieg vetoed a South Bend Common Council rezoning decision that would have allowed a pro-life pregnancy center, Womens Care Center, to open next door to Whole Womans Health,” The Free Beacon noted in a separate report. “Buttigieg told the South Bend Tribune he did not find it responsible to situate the two organizations literally right next to each other despite Womens Care Centers promise not to allow protestors to stage demonstrations on their property.”
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It was only a matter of time before police raided the late doctors office, Bastress said, somewhat unsurprised at the sight of the heavy police presence unfolding in his work parking lot.
“This bothered many. Some residents decided to open a pro-life pregnancy center called Womens Care Center right next to the Whole Womens Health. The hope was that women would be provided a safe, alternative choice to Whole Womens Health,” Banks continued. “But South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg obstructed the alternative facility. He proudly vetoed a rezoning decision, denying Womens Care Center their intended site. It forced them to find a new location to open.”
I was wondering when this all was going to come down,” Bastress said. ” … He was a creepy guy.
“Klopfer was one of South Bends leading abortion providers before the state pulled his medical license in 2016 for failing to properly report an abortion on two girls under the age of 14,” The Free Beacon reported. “After Klopfers clinic was shut down, Buttigieg blocked the opening of a pro-life pregnancy center and endorsed the opening of a new Whole Womans Health abortion clinic tied to one of Klopfers former employees.”
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Last week Klopfers family discovered more than 2,200 preserved fetal remains stored in cardboard boxes in the garage at his home in Will County. Officials said at a news conference Thursday, that theyre shifting the focus of their investigation to Indiana, where Klopfer also operated clinics in Gary and South Bend.
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Police knocked on the Fort Wayne clinic door just before 9 a.m. and entered the building when no one responded. Uniformed investigators wearing gloves passed in and out of the building throughout the day, but declined to comment.
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Cathie Humbarger, executive director for the Allen County Right to Life, which has a building next door to the former clinic, watched as police wearing surgical masks went inside the building that for years only Klopfer had entered. In the time she knew Klopfer, the doctor was known to make inappropriate, sexually explicit comments to female volunteers with the Right to Life, Humbarger said.
Dr. Geoffrey Cly, who worked for three years as Klopfers backup physician also questioned Klopfers treatment of his patients.
About a year ago or two a former employee of mine came to me and said shed had an abortion by Dr. Klopfer when she was a teenager … He was making fun of her. He told her to stop being a baby, and to knock it off and that no it doesnt hurt youre just being a baby during the abortion, Cly said.
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Court records show Klopfer lived on Pine Court in Crete Township, about 10 miles from the state line. Neighbors described him as a hoarder, while an attorney for his wife said she had not been in the garage where the remains were found for decades.
“I find that news out of Illinois extremely disturbing and I think its important that that be fully investigated,” Buttigieg said. “I also hope that it doesnt get caught up in politics at a time when women need access to health care. Theres no question that what happened is disturbing. Its unacceptable.”
In October 2018, Klopfer opened up his clinic for an interview with married couple and documentary makers Amber and Mark Archer.
Officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department search the former site of an abortion clinic owned by Dr. Ulrich Klopfer in Fort Wayne, Ind. St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter said Thursday that authorities have found no fetal remains at a shuttered abortion clinic once operated by the late abortion doctor whose Illinois property was found to contain more than 2,200 medically preserved fetal remains.
He just looked disheveled, Mark Archer said. ” … he looked like an old man who had spent the night on the park bench.
Officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department search the building that once housed an abortion clinic owned by Dr. Ulrich Klopfer in Fort Wayne, Ind. After the doctors death on Sept. 3, more than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains were found in the garage of his home in rural Crete, Ill.
In fact, Klopfer spent the night at the clinic, appearing to have been woken up when the couple knocked on the office door for their scheduled 9 a.m. interview.
It was very cold, very dark, very dirty, Mark Archer said. It looked to me like one day everybody walked out, dropped everything on the floor and never came back.
The Archers live in Fort Wayne and spent the past year putting together a documentary film about Klopfers practices. News of the remains found at his Will County home has delayed the release of the film until early 2020, Mark Archer said.
Even after hours of conversation with Klopfer, neither Amber nor Mark Archer could say with certainty why the doctor might have kept the remains.
In my opinion I think George held onto the remains either as trophies … or trying to cover up what he had done, March Archer said.
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2,000 medically preserved fetal remains were found at the Illinois home of a late doctor who performed abortions in Indiana.
Authorities are urging women who may have had an abortion performed on them by an Indiana doctor who kept more than 2,000 fetal remains at his Illinois home to come forward if they feel that they could have a link to the remains.
Will County Sherrif Mike Kelley said Thursday that the 2,246 fetal remains would be turned over to the Indiana Attorney General's Office for further investigation.
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"What we're looking for is to work with Indiana authorities to find out if there's more and work with them if victims come forward that want to participate in the criminal justice system," Will County State's Attorney General James Glasgow said at a press conference.
Fetal remains from abortions in 2000-2002
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"Even though the clinics are in Indiana, some of these people could have lived in Illinois at the time, so we have a connection. But obviously if the crime is committed in Indiana, they would be the appropriate prosecuting authority but we probably could assist them so we remain open to that."
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Kelley added that the investigation in Illinois has been completed for the time being, but added: "There's still work that needs to be done in this case."
Family members of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer discovered the medically preserved fetal remains in his garage on Sept. 12. Klopfer had died nine days earlier of natural causes, according to Will County Coroner Patrick O'Neil.
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When authorities searched the garage, they found more than 70 cardboard boxes of various sizes from "ceiling to floor" containing fetal remains that were placed inside small, sealed plastic bags with formalin, a chemical used to preserve biological material, Kelley said.
There was "individual packaging of every single one of them," Glasgow said of the fetal remains.
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The boxes were mixed among other boxes containing Klopfer's personal property and more than 50 detectives and personnel searched the residence for several days, before transferring the remains to the coroner's office.
"I can tell you, in the 31 years that I've been doing this job, I've never seen anything like this ever," Kelley said. "It is a strange … once in a lifetime type of thing."
Police said they found no evidence of medical procedures occurring on the property but the containers of remains were dated from 2000 to 2002, coinciding with a period of time when Klopfer maintained three abortion clinics in Indiana.
"We collectively ask that the media and the public not pass judgment on the Klopfer family, who made this startling discovery and who have been cooperating fully throughout this entire process," Kelly said, adding that neither the family nor the doctor's widow knew why he had the fetuses hidden in the garage.
Glasgow said there was "no evidence to indicate any criminal activity at that house other than the existence of the evidence that we found."
The laws for disposing of a fetus after an abortion vary from state to state, but O'Neil said the coroner's officer "never exercises jurisdiction" over disposal in Illinois. "Whatever form of disposition either the hospital or clinic provides is up to them."
Glasgow also pointed out that since Klopfer is deceased, he can't face any criminal charges but it is clear that "he failed to follow Indiana law as to the disposal of the fetal remains under their law. He failed to file the proper paperwork under their law. Those are the two things they're going to be looking at. He has facilities there that are still there. That will be part of the continuing investigation."
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Glasgow said investigators "would certainly like to know more" about the circumstances that led to the suspension of Klopfer's medical license in 2015 amid accusations that he failed to report an abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl.