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Trump Admin Backs Probe into Fetal Remains Found in Dead Abortionist’s Home


The White House has announced its support for a federal investigation into the gruesome discovery of over 2,000 corpses of aborted babies in the home of the recently deceased abortionist Ulrich Klopfer.

Klopfer said he and his family fled East Germany when he was a child and immigrated to the U.S. He went to medical school for obstetrics and gynecology and decided to become an abortionist. Klopfer performed an estimated 50,000 abortions over his career in Indiana in facilities in South Bend, Gary, and Fort Wayne. Klopfer’s medical license was suspended by the state licensing board in 2016 after he admitted to failing to report child sexual abuse and numerous health code violations were found.

Klopfer, who lived in Will County, Ill., near the Indiana border, died on Sept. 3 at age 75. His family reported to the county coroner’s office that while sifting through Klopfer’s personal property they found “what appeared to be fetal remains and requested that the Will County Coroner’s Office provide proper removal.” The Will County Sheriff’s Office found and removed the remains of 2,246 fetuses from Klopfer’s house. Importantly, the sheriff’s office said the remains appeared to have been transported across state lines from Indiana to Illinois, possibly making them subject to federal jurisdiction.

White House Deputy Communications Director Judd Deere announced the White House’s support for a federal investigation, saying, “Murdering thousands of innocent babies is one thing, but preserving and hoarding their bodies like trophies is a new level of sickness.” Vice President Mike Pence, former Governor of Indiana, took the news more personally:

Another Indiana politician, Pete Buttigieg — mayor of South Bend, where Klopfer operated one of his facilities — refused to comment on the news for days until Thursday, when he finally said he found the “news out of Illinois extremely disturbing” but said he “also hope[s] it doesn’t get caught up in politics at a time when women need access to healthcare.”

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