Over 2,000 clinically maintained fetal remains are discovered at the Illinois house of a former Indiana abortion clinic physician who died a week, police said.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release late Friday an attorney for Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s family contacted the coroner’s office Thursday about potential fetal remains being discovered in the house in an unincorporated portion of Will County in northeastern Illinois.
The sheriff’s office said police found 2,246 maintained esophageal remains, but there are no signs medical procedures had been conducted in the house.
The coroner’s office took ownership of the stays. An analysis is underway.
A message left Saturday seeking additional comment on the discovery wasn’t returned from the Will County Sheriff’s Office investigations division.
It closed following the country revoked the practice’s permit in 2015.
The Indiana State Department of Health had formerly issued complaints against the practice, accusing it of needing a registry of individuals, policies involving medical malpractice, and a regulating body to ascertain policies.
The state agency also accused that the practice of failing to record that patients undergo state-mandated instruction at least 18 hours prior to an abortion.
Klopfer has been thought to be Indiana’s most successful abortion physician, with tens of thousands of processes performed in several Indiana counties within a few decades, the South Bend Tribune reported.
He predicted for Indiana government to help ascertain whether these remains have some relation to abortion surgeries in Indiana.
“These records indicate the abortion industry has to be held to the maximum evaluation,” Fichter said in the announcement.
A message left Saturday by The Associated Press to get a spokesperson for Gov. Eric Holcomb inquiring if Indiana officials could explore wasn’t immediately returned.
Indiana’s Medical Licensing Board suspended Klopfer’s permit at November 2016 following the panel found numerous violations, such as a failure to make sure that qualified employees were current when patients recovered or received from drugs given before and during abortion procedures.
Klopfer was no more practicing at the time, but he told the panel that he had never lost a patient in 43 decades of performing abortions which he expected to finally re-open his practices.
In June 2014, Klopfer was billed in St. Joseph County, Indiana, using a misdemeanor for failure to submit a timely public record.
He had been accused of waiting weeks to record an abortion provided to some 13-year-old woman in South Bend.
“He had been in charge of tens of thousands of abortions in Indiana, along with his careless treatment of human remains is an outrage,” she stated in her statement.
That legislation was signed by Vice President Mike Pence at 2016 when he was Indiana’s governor, but it had been the topic of legal struggles.
The Indiana State Department of Health, which manages abortion clinic law, has incorporated that law’s provisions to the bureau’s existing licensing procedure.
Before the judgment, Indiana clinics can turn over fetal remains to processors who manage the disposal of individual cells or other medical material from incineration.