On September 12, 2019, the family of deceased abortionist Ulrich “George” Klopfer discovered fetal remains stored in his garage. Klopfer was a hoarder. Apparently, the items he hoarded included the body parts of babies killed in abortions he performed.
Klopfer resided in Illinois but practiced as an abortionist in Indiana before losing his medical license in 2015. When all was said and done, over 2,245 remains from aborted babies were discovered on his property.
My heart breaks for those babies whose lives came to a violent end and whose bodies were treated in such an irreverent manner. With this disturbing discovery, we are once again faced with the stark reality of abortion. You can’t have human body parts without human beings and you can’t have human beings without human lives. Abortion purposefully ends the lives of living human beings and there is nothing simple, easy, or natural about that reality.
I grieve for the babies, and I’m greatly concerned for their mothers. Many of Klopfer’s patients have likely regretted their decision to have an abortion. Some may have made that choice under pressure, even coercion or threat. Others may have made the decision to abort from a place of fear and hopelessness. There are countless reasons women find themselves in the waiting room of an abortion clinic, and many of the reasons have nothing to do with empowerment or freedom or health. Quite the opposite.
As women begin to come forward to speak out about their abortions performed by Klopfer, it appears he even pressured and coerced the vulnerable women who came to him.
“He said, ‘If you don’t do this, it will cost you … Yearly $240,000 to take care of a kid. So would you rather deal with that or would you rather go home and just go back to your regular life?’” Assetou said. “There was no emotion. There was no empathy.”
I have had the distinct privilege of facilitating a post-abortion Bible study support group for women who have had abortions and have experienced some level of post-abortion distress. I have listened to their stories and the various ways they felt their abortions had a negative effect on them mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Abortion doesn’t affect all women in the exact same way. Some are affected to a greater degree and some to a lesser, and while there are women who claim their abortion had no negative effect on them, there are some women who struggle to the point of suicidal thoughts following their abortion.
And, now, many of Klopfer’s patients are left wondering if their baby was one of those whose remains were kept in cardboard boxes at his home. This grisly discovery has flooded the minds of these women with difficult memories and possibly brought to the surface many of the emotions they’ve long kept buried. Undoubtedly, some of Klopfer’s former patients are currently under great distress.
“Even after much healing and attending a post-abortive retreat, hearing the news of over 2200 babies’ remains on George Klopfer’s property stirred up so many emotions. I feel like I have been violated all over again – now for a third time. Friday night when I first saw the story, my whole body went numb from shock. That shock turned into lying in bed, sobbing at the thought of my baby being on his property. I questioned why he had kept their remains and I realized they were probably trophies to him. My child’s dead body was his trophy. The grief was overwhelming.” Serena Dyksen with Save the 1
Abortion doesn’t just affect women. Men can suffer from post-abortion distress, too. Our society tends to downplay the role of a father until after birth and makes light of the bond between a man and the child he conceived. Men who shirk their responsibility and pressure the mothers of their children to have abortions may feel great guilt afterward, while other men weren’t given any say in the life or death choice made. There are men today wondering if their child was one of those so profanely treated by Klopfer and who are experiencing their own distress.
“I didn’t know how I was going to survive; I wasn’t going to jump off a bridge, but I probably would have drank myself to death,” says Mr Locker, who believes that reconnecting with his faith and starting a family with another woman saved him. “I’ve thought about what happened every day for the last 32 years.” Karl Locker, sharing his post-abortion struggle for a BBC News article
My prayer is that the women and men struggling under the weight of their past abortions and the recent discovery on Klopfer’s property will reach out for help. There are organizations and ministries dedicated to helping post-abortive women and men heal emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
It appears the over 2,245 aborted babies whose remains were found at Klopfer’s home will be given a proper burial. I’m thankful. It’s the least that can be done. But, let’s not forget the mothers and fathers who are hurting from a choice they can’t undo. Let’s not fail to meet them where they are at with genuine love.
There is no sin too great for the grace of God in Christ Jesus, no wound too deep for God’s love to heal, and no one is beyond God’s redemption and restoration.
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. Ephesians 1:7