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Memorial service held in honor of 2,411 aborted fetal remains

NOW: Memorial service held in honor of 2,411 aborted fetal remains

SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- A somber day of closure for the community in South Bend.

Wednesday, a memorial service was held in honor of the 2,411 aborted fetal remains discovered on the property of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, a former abortion doctor in South Bend..

With flowers laid, a shared song and a moment of silence, dozens of people came together at the Southlawn Cemetary in South Bend to memorialize the aborted fetal remains.

“It’s a beautiful demonstration of how all of this has affected not just our local community but beyond," said attendee, Petra Farrell.

“I think there's some healing that needs to be done. I think a lot of people out here today are experiencing that healing," said attendee, Tom Gill. 

Five months have passed since the remains were discovered at Dr. Ulrich Klopfer's Illinois home.

Klopfer performed thousands of abortions in South Bend, but practiced in several cities across Indiana.

In an exclusive one on one with Attorney General Curtis Hill, he tells ABC 57 news the state of the remains and their storage on Klopfers property made it difficult to determine where each fetal remain came from.

“There were certainly indications where the records were purposefully evasive in providing information into who belonged to who," said Hill.

Now the state is taking steps to stop this from ever happening again.

“Fortunately our friends in the general assembly are working on legislation as we speak. Senate bill 299," said Hill.

Senate bill 299, if passed, will assure that every aspect of abortion procedures are fully and accurately disclosed to officials.

Tonight, the fetal remains have finally been put to rest but questions still remain.

The difficulty in understanding the why is that the keeper of the why is dead. We may not ever know why this happened," said Hill.

The burial site is public so anyone wanting to go by and pay their respects can do so.

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