2,246 Human Fetal Remains Found Preserved in Home of Deceased Abortionist

Ulrich George Klopfer died on September 3 and left his earthly possessions behind for someone else to inherit.

Why is this important? Who is Ulrich Klopfer anyway? See here and here.

If you haven’t yet heard about it, Klopfer performed abortions for years in facilities in South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Gary, Indiana. His medical license had been suspended by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board for numerous violations. He also kept 2, 246 medically preserved (assume formaldehyde or something similar) remains of aborted babies in his home in Will County, Illinois, which were discovered by his family after his death. The family alerted local authorities of the discovery and is cooperating fully with them in the investigation. It is not believed that any abortions were performed at the residence, making it almost certain that most, if not all, of these aborted human remains came from the three clinics Klopfer worked at in Indiana.

The question which is begging to be asked is this. Do these remains belong to the State of Illinois which has a liberal, tolerant, and accommodating attitude towards abortion? Do they belong to the State of Indiana which is far more conservative and disapproving of the practice? In 2016, Indiana passed a law mandating that the bodies of aborted babies either be cremated or buried. If it is determined that Indiana law takes precedence, as I expect will happen, then the remains will have to be returned to the State and disposed of according to its law, meaning a huge amount of publicity will be generated. My gut feeling is that most of it will not be beneficial to the abortion industry.

There is one other thing to consider. If these babies were aborted in Indiana and transported across the state line into Illinois, then this could very well become a federal case. Considering that Vice-President Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana in 2016 and signed HB1337 into law, the odds are quite good that the White House and federal prosecutors will be involved in this.

Note also that HB1337 expressly “…Prohibits an individual from acquiring, receiving, selling, or transferring fetal tissue. Makes it a Level 5 felony to unlawfully: (1) transfer; and (2) collect fetal tissue…”. Since Ulrich Klopfer was an individual, irrespective of his profession, he could have been convicted of a Level 5 felony, which carries a penalty of one to six years in prison and up to $10,000.00 in fines.

Multiplied by 2,246 would have put Klopfer out of the killing business forever. As it is, he has only been transferred into a higher court, one from which there is no appeal.

Drowning Swimmers or Deliberate Murder

In their article, “Compromising the Uncompromisable: A Private Property Rights Approach to Resolving the Abortion Controversy”[i],  Walter Block[ii] and Roy Whitehead[iii] make the following argument.

“However, just because aborting the fetus is abominable, it does not follow that it should be prohibited by law. Under a just e.g., libertarian law code,
136 there are numerous despicable acts, which are not legally pro­scribed, since they do not constitute “invasions” or “border crossings.” Abortion falls into this category. It is a failure to come to the aid of or an unwillingness to become a “good Samaritan.” The woman who refuses to carry her fetus to term is in exactly the same position as a person who refuses to rescue a drowning swimmer. Abortion is not, in and of itself, an act invasive of other people or their property rights, even when fetuses are considered persons.”

My paraphrased version of this: Just because abortion is abominable, we should not prohibit it. After all, there are other despicable [abominable] acts which would not be proscribed under libertarian law.

I agree completely with this statement, as it is written. We should not prohibit abortion because it is abominable. Instead, we should prohibit it because it is the deliberate killing of an unborn human being, who has done nothing wrong, nothing deserving the punishment of execution. It is the murder of an unborn, personal, human being; therefore, it should be prohibited. It is a sad commentary on our modern way of life that it is not.

The numerous despicable acts (unnamed in the quote) are not legally proscribed because they do not constitute “invasions” or “border crossings.” Ah, yes, trespass again. In all the imagined acts, however, there is a common thread–all the parties involved MUST be willing participants. If there is even one unwilling participant in any one of these “despicable” acts, then someone’s borders have been crossed. Ask an unborn fetus if she is willing to have her space (the placental sac) invaded. I daresay that, from her point of view, abortion does not, absolutely does not fall into the “despicable action” category which will be allowed under Block and Whitehead’s “just” libertarian code of law.

The woman who refuses to carry her baby to term is NOT the same as someone who refuses to rescue a drowning swimmer. Refusal to act in order to save a person’s life is not equivalent to deliberate action in order to take a person’s life. Not at all, not even close. There may not be any criminal intent in refusing to save a drowning swimmer, e.g., overloaded lifeboats at the sinking of the Titanic, where taking on one more drowning swimmer would have sunk the lifeboat, killing them all. An action such as this could be considered self-defense. Emotionally excruciating, perhaps, but not criminal. Aborting a fetus, though, is not just morally repugnant, but a deliberate act of homicide.

A more appropriate analogy would have been to compare the woman who aborts her unborn fetus with someone who holds a swimmer’s head under water, refusing to allow him to breathe, thus drowning him. Comparing the fetus with a drowning swimmer is ludicrous. A drowning swimmer is in mortal danger, while there is nothing more alive than a healthy and growing fetus. Really now, if you wanted to see it like this, the fetus is swimming laps (no pun intended), preparing herself to become an Olympic champion and is in no danger at all except from the person who “owns the pool.”

Abortion IS, in and of itself, invasive of other people and their property rights, especially and particularly unborn children who are (or ought to be) considered persons with their own set of rights. It is plain to be seen that, in order to maintain the cohesiveness and integrity of the theory of property rights, “rights” MUST be more important than what IS right.

[i] Block, Walter E. and Roy Whitehead. 2005. “Compromising the Uncompromisable: A Private Property Rights Approach to Resolving the Abortion Controversy,” Appalachian Law Review, 4 (2) 1-45

[ii] Walter Block, an Austrian school economist and anarcho-libertarian philosopher, is Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Chair in Economics and Professor of Economics at Loyola University New Orleans and Senior Fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

[iii] Roy Whitehead, JD, LLM, Associate Professor of Business Law, University of Central Arkansas.