The demise of an Indiana doctor who is believed to have carried out more than 50,000 abortions has revealed a ghastly trove of fetal remains and a shadowy personal motive for killing off unborn children.
It was said that during his career, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer would compete with other abortion doctors at a Chicago clinic in an attempt to perform the most procedures each day. Klopfer
is said to have been so avid about his calling in the 1970s that he would set his cup of coffee aside and rush to the procedure room to abort more children whenever his chief rival walked by.
This emphasis on volume over his 4-decade tenure saw him become one of the Midwest’s most prolific abortion providers and a focus of weekly protests at his clinics in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne, Ind.
The controversy he generated in life deepened after his death at 79 in September, when 2,246 sets of preserved fetal remains were found stacked in a garage at his suburban Chicago home.
A few days later, 165 more sets were found in the trunk of a Mercedes-Benz at a business where Klopfer kept his automobiles.
One Indiana lawmaker labeled Klopfer a ‘monster.” Anti-abortion legislators in Congress promptly introduced the Dignity for Aborted Children Act, which would require burial of aborted fetuses nationwide. The White House also weighed in, calling for thorough investigations.
There is no sign that Klopfer told anyone about his grisly collection, including his wife. Investigators and others have been examining his life and career for clues and have been able only to speculate that he was perhaps a strange kind of hoarder, was trying to save disposal costs as he racked up legal bills suing and being sued by abortion opponents, or possibly even seeking a strange kind of vengeance for experiences he suffered as a child in World War II Germany.
Some who knew Klopfer said he would often tell how he took shelter as a 4-year-old when Allied planes bombed Dresden during World War II. He would describe buildings smoldering around him and bodies in the rubble.
When anti-abortion physician Geoffrey Cly met Klopfer in 2008 to discuss concerns about Klopfer, the German native brought up the 1945 raids on Dresden, in which some 25,000 people died.
“How is the suffering from the bombing by the Americans in Dresden any different than the suffering of women by unwanted babies?” Cly quoted Klopfer as saying.
Cly added: ‘I thought his abortions, how he kept the fetuses, might be unconscious revenge for the bombings.’