The more than 2,400 children whose remains were found on the property of the late former abortionist Ulrich Klopfer were finally laid to rest Wednesday in South Bend, Indiana.
At the graveside service for the 2,411 children, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said that the burial of the children fulfilled "our obligation as a state pursuant to law and conscience to the unborn babies whose lives were terminated through abortions performed in Fort Wayne, Gary, and here in South Bend."
"We therefore honor and memorialize these unborn," Hill later said in his remarks, "that their lives may be remembered not for their brevity, but for how their discovery has impacted our collective conscience. We will remember them as well for the potential that each one of them possessed, that is now been lost, unfulfilled in this earthly life."
Klopfer's relatives first made the horrific discovery of 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains in in his home in September after the former abortionist died earlier on Sept. 3. Later, 165 children's remains were discovered by law enforcement in the trunk of one of Klopfer's cars, which was parked in a garage where he kept multiple vehicles. All three of Klopfer's Indiana abortion clinics had been shut down by the time his medical license was suspended in 2016.
"Although these abortions took place from 2000 to 2003, until today, the remains had yet to receive an appropriate resting place," Hill said, calling the discovery of the children's remains last year "horrifying to anyone with normal sensibilities."
Hill explained in his remarks that while it would have been preferable to return the remains to the jurisdictions where the procedures were performed, doing so was made impossible by "the degradation of the remains and the unreliability of the records."
A December report from Hill's office following law enforcement's investigation into the matter said that the remains couldn't be individually identified.
"Therefore, we have identified a burial site with the purpose to memorialize these 2,411 unborn, keeping them together in rest, each of them connected by their common fate," Hill said. "We have gathered here at this site because it is both fitting and proper that these 2,411 unborn — even at this late date — receive their final resting place, as would be expected and appropriate for any human being."
Indiana law requires the bodies of aborted children be either buried or cremated.
Following Hill's remarks, Priests for Life director Father. Frank Pavone spoke about how the discovery of the children's remains has affected the public, saying that God is bringing about "within us the heartbreak and the sorrow that we need to have over this national tragedy.
"Why have so many been disturbed by the finding of these babies?" Pavone asked. "Because it reminds us that we are all dehumanized by abortion. Those who kill them are dehumanized; all of us are dehumanized by this tragedy. And the finding of babies bodies under these circumstances reminds us that, even if we don't want to think about it."
Mario Sims, senior pastor at Doulos Chapel in South Bend, urged those in attendance to leave emboldened to speak up against abortion.
"As a pastor, I have never done a funeral for 2,411 human beings, but that is what we're doing today," Sims said.
"These children's lives were taken after God gave them life," he added. "This must stop."
The children were laid to rest in a plot at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend. At the head of the burial site sits a single stone that reads "in memory of the 2,411 precious unborn buried here on Feb. 12, 2020."