Matt C. Abbott
Did abortionist Ulrich Klopfer repent before his death?
By Matt C. Abbott
September 17, 2019

It was yet another horrid story that made national, even international, headlines.

More than 2,200 aborted babies were discovered at the Illinois home of Indiana abortionist Ulrich Klopfer, who died earlier this month. Why did he collect all those human remains? The reason is unclear. What is clear, however, is the fact he was responsible for the deaths of thousands of preborn children during his murderous "career."

Pure evil.

Still, is it possible Klopfer had at least some degree of remorse prior to his death?


Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, said in an email:

"When I had Shawn Sullivan on Priests for Life's radio show on Radio Maria in 2018, he told me that Klopfer had been visiting The Life Center, sitting in the chapel and being blessed by a priest. The fact that he was still showing up there indicates he was on his own road to Damascus. I hope that before he died, he had repented of his many sins and asked God for forgiveness. Bernard Nathanson was an architect of the movement to legalize abortion and even had a conversion of the heart and became Catholic. Redemption is available to everyone."

Indeed, according to a Sept. 16 article by The Life Center, published at
    The saga surrounding Dr. Ulrich 'George' Klopfer never seems to end for Shawn Sullivan, the founder and director of The Life Center in South Bend. Sullivan, an attorney, is currently trying to secure the proper burial of 2,246 aborted babies that were found at the deceased Dr. Klopfer's residence in Illinois, and at the same time he is seeking an investigation of the property, Klopfer's former abortion clinic, adjacent to The Life Center.

    Sullivan believes that the former clinic also contains aborted babies.

    Klopfer died Sept. 3, 2019, and it was just a week ago that Sullivan and his fellow congregants at The Life Center were pondering Dr. Klopfer's soul as he spent the last three years of his life visiting The Life Center and engaging in discourse with The Life Center congregants regarding salvation, repentance, conversion, etc.

    'He was just in here several days prior to his passing, and it was clear he was transforming,' said Sullivan, 'but to what end, I have no idea. That's beyond my pay grade'.....

    'The transformation of Klopfer began to happen when Notre Dame awarded [Joe] Biden with the Laetare Award,' Sullivan explained. 'The Life Center was the only local group protesting Notre Dame's decision, and The Life Center received a fair amount of persecution from that, and it was then that Klopfer realized that The Life Center was authentic and genuinely concerned with the issue at hand.'

    Sullivan concluded: 'Once Klopfer learned that it was not personal, he wanted to see what made us tick. That eventually drew him to the chapel, because that is the life blood of all of our activities. That was one of the more surprising events in this Klopfer saga.'
Veteran pro-life activist Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, released the following statement:
    Every day in America approximately 3000 unborn children are killed in abortion facilities across the land. Unwanted in life, they are treated as so much rubbish in death, their bodies the refuse of choice to be disposed. How ironic though, that it is not the killing of the unborn we find shocking, but rather the fact that the abortionist who put them to death kept the bodies in his house. This is what the public finds gruesome and abhorrent – rather than the actual killing of the babies themselves.

    But perhaps because Ulrich Klopfer lived with the dead unborn, and the shocking volume of those killed by abortion all found in a place one calls 'home' is what it takes to uncover the sordid quality and unjust action that is legalized abortion. Somehow now abortion just doesn't seem so right, so moral, so justified, simply a constitutional right to be protected.

    It seems apparent that abortionist Klopfer was stockpiling these aborted children for reasons we yet do not know, though one can speculate. How odd, too, that it took Klopfer's own death to reveal the secret deaths of these unborn children, whose existence until now remained a dark secret within his own home.

    And now that their hidden bodies have come to light we have a chance to at least give them the respect owed to them as fellow members of the human family – an honorable, dignified and ceremonious burial. Their remains must not be simply dumped; their bodies cremated in some act of practical disposition and buried in an unmarked grave, or worse, incinerated as mere medical waste.

    Pro-life groups stand ready to bury them. The last work of mercy, to bury the dead, will thus become the first work of mercy these unwanted children will ever know.
Mary Kate Knorr, executive director of Illinois Right to Life, posted the following statement on IRL's Facebook page:
    Over the weekend, the bodies of more than 2,200 dead fetuses were discovered on the Will County property of a recently-deceased abortionist who practiced in South Bend, IN.

    I hope that our country will take this opportunity to ask ourselves why this story is significant. If these 2,200 fetuses were not – are not – members of our human family, why are we appalled? Something stirs a deep discomfort inside us at hearing these grisly details. I hope we'll reflect on what it is about this news that shocks us – and why.

    This story is consistent with what we often say about the spiritual dimension of abortion. If abortions are truly so benign as advocates and activists would have you believe, why Dr. Klopfer's intense behavior? Elizabeth Warren has compared abortion to having tonsils removed. Rep. Sean Casten has compared it to gallbladder surgery. Show me a doctor who's hidden 2,000 tonsils or gallbladders on his property, because I can't think of a single one. I can, however, think of countless stories of manslaughter, homicide, or serial killing where we've seen exactly this behavior.

    I pray for the souls of these little ones and for their parents, who are likely suffering, as so many suffer as a result of abortion. I pray for the family members of this abortionist, who will be forced to come to terms with this gruesome discovery they made upon his death. Above all else, I pray for our state. I hope that our legislators will see, someday soon, that this is the reality of abortion. This is the reality they have allowed to take hold in Illinois. This is the reality they've voted for.
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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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