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Information Regarding Dr. Ulrich Klopfer

Burial service planned in South Bend for 2,411 fetal remains

The Klopfer were memorialized on February 12, 2020 at a graveside service at Southlawn Cemetery and Palmer Funeral Home, 61430 U.S. 31South, Southbend, IN 46614.

Attorney General Curtis T. Hill Jr. provided remarks on behalf of the State of Indiana and then gave an update to the media on the investigation.


Klopfer Preliminary Report

In December of 2019, Attorney General Curtis Hill released a preliminary report on his office's investigation into 2,411 medically preserved fetal remains and thousands of medical records discovered in the fall of 2019 among the personal belongings of the late Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who performed abortions at clinics in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend. The report is attached here:  Klopfer Preliminary OAG Report


Klopfer Investigation 

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer was a physician licensed by the State of Indiana in 1979. Prior to his medical license being suspended by the State of Indiana, initially in 2015 and indefinitely in 2016, Dr. Klopfer practiced at clinics in South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Gary. Dr. Klopfer preformed a variety of obstetric and gynecological services at these locations, including surgical and medical abortions.

After Dr. Klopfer passed away on September 3, 2019, authorities in Will County, Illinois were alerted that fetal remains were discovered in Dr. Klopfer's family home. Authorities eventually recovered 2,411 medically preserved fetal remains and a large number of patient records. Additional health records and other records containing personal identifying information were recovered from the clinic locations in South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Gary.

While this is an ongoing investigation and process, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General is working to ensure the fetal remains will be transported back to Indiana and treated with proper dignity and respect. State law establishes procedures for the Office to obtain and secure abandoned health records or other records with personal identifying information to protect those named in the files from becoming victims of identity theft. Those records are currently in the possession of the State of Indiana in a secure facility not accessible to the public.

If you may have a connection to the fetal remains or medical records, you may contact the Office at questions@atg.in.gov or (317) 234-6663.