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Indiana lawmakers seek probe of ex-abortion doctor's clinics

Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill said he and Democratic Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul have “agreed to work together” as Hill’s office coordinates an investigation of the remains found at the home of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who died Sept. 3.

Posted: Sep 16, 2019 6:45 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general said Monday that he will work with his Illinois counterpart to investigate what he called the “grisly discovery” of more than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains at the Illinois home of a late doctor who performed abortions in Indiana.

Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill said he and Democratic Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul have “agreed to work together” as Hill’s office coordinates an investigation of the remains found at the home of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who died Sept. 3.

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“The grisly discovery of these fetal remains at the Illinois home of a deceased abortion doctor shocks the conscience. Further, we have reason to believe there is an Indiana connection to these remains,” he said in a statement.

Hill’s statement did not elaborate on what specifically would be investigated, and Raoul’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office in northeastern Illinois announced late Friday that Klopfer’s relatives had discovered 2,246 preserved fetal remains while sorting through his property. The county coroner’s office has taken possession of those remains, and it, the sheriff’s department and local prosecutors were already investigating.

Hill’s announcement came after several Indiana lawmakers called for his office to investigate whether the remains were illegally transported across state lines.

Lawmakers are also seeking a probe of the shuttered clinics in Allen, Lake and St. Joseph’s counties where Klopfer had performed abortions to make sure no fetal remains are being stored at the former clinics in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend.

Indiana state Rep. Ron Bacon, R-Chandler, called the discovery at Klopfer’s home “seriously disturbing.”

He also expressed concern that “there may be other remains in the Indiana clinics where he performed abortions.”

Several Indiana lawmakers held a news conference Monday outside Klopfer’s former clinic in Fort Wayne, the county seat of northeastern Indiana’s Allen County, calling for multiple state investigations.

“We have a lot of work to do to make sure this never, ever happens again,” said Republican Sen. Liz Brown of Fort Wayne.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a statement saying he was “deeply disturbed” by the discovery of the fetal remains and that he supports “calls for a federal investigation.”

His statement followed Republican U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski’s request Saturday that state and federal authorities “conduct a full investigation into this case and take any steps necessary to protect Hoosiers, including the unborn, from unsafe practitioners.”

Klopfer was believed to be Indiana’s most prolific abortion doctor, performing thousands of procedures over several decades, the South Bend Tribune reported.

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