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Indiana AG report: What authorities found when they searched Ulrich Klopfer's shut-down abortion clinics

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The Indiana attorney general's office says it cannot identify any of the fetal remains found during its investigation into disgraced, deceased abortionist Ulrich Klopfer. The finding was announced Tuesday in a preliminary investigation report, which says that Klopfer also failed to properly store and dispose of patients' medical records.

"Based on the poor condition of the fetal remains and unreliable nature of the accompanying records, it is not possible to make an independent verification of the identities of the individual fetal remains," the report's summary explains and says that they appear to be from Klopfer's abortion practice between the years of 2000 and 2003.

In a statement about the report's findings,  Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said, "This case exemplifies the need for strong laws to ensure the dignified disposition of fetal remains" such as the one in his state. Indiana’s 2016 fetal remains law requires that abortion victims be buried or cremated and was upheld by the Supreme Court in May 2019.

In addition to explaining how prosecutors handled the discovery of the over 2,400 fetal remains from Klopfer's properties, the report also details how police executed multiple search warrants at Klopfer's former clinics to find improperly stored medical records.

In one of Klopfer's former abortion clinics, the report said, police found health records in unlocked file cabinets. In another, some of the discovered health records "were soaking in an unidentified liquid and were covered in mold." At another, health records "were accessible by anyone who gained entry to the clinic." The report says that some records were even found in some storage units Klopfer had rented in Hobart, Indiana; in those storage units, decades-old records were found "intermingled with boxes of personal items, garbage, old furniture, and car parts."

"Accordingly," the summary continues, "the Attorney General intends to have the fetal remains interred in a respectful and dignified manner in accordance with state law, and the [Office of the Attorney General] will maintain and safeguard the health and patient records until such a time as they can be disposed of properly."

The report cites a Daily Caller News Foundation story from September in which filmmaker Mark Archer described Klopfer as a "hoarder" and said he was "fearful of what they’re going to find in the clinics."

Klopfer's relatives first made the gruesome discovery of over 2,200 fetal remains in September after the former abortionist died earlier that same month. Later, 165 fetal remains were discovered in the trunk of one of Klopfer's cars, which was parked in a garage where he kept several vehicles. Klopfer's medical license was suspended in August 2016 in the wake of allegations of over 1,800 violations between his three clinics, which had already closed before then. Those allegations included two charges of not properly reporting abortion procedures on 13-year-olds.

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