Attorney General: thousands of abandoned patient records found at closed abortion clinics

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INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) – Indiana’s attorney general is working to find out how and why fetal remains were transported from Indiana to Illinois.

Attorney General Curtis Hill hosted a news conference Friday to update the investigation of former abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer after 2,246 preserved fetal remains were found in his Illinois home.

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During the news conference, Hill provided additional insight into the investigation. This comes after lawmakers wanted the attorney general’s office to investigate the clinics in Allen, Lake and St. Joseph counties where he worked.

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Hill said when his office learned of the remains, he contacted the Illinois Attorney General to see if there was any Indiana connection to the remains.

His office also reached out to prosecutors in the counties where the clinics were located at to get their cooperation in the investigation.

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A preliminary investigation discovered all the remains were from Indiana between the years of 2000 through 2002. Hill said they were able to confirm this through abandoned medical records that corresponded with the medically preserved remains.

Hill said Klopfer had a record of deplorable conditions and violations of regulatory controls.

“He certainly was problematic in life,” Hill said. “As it turns out, continues to present problems in his death.”

The attorney general’s office is concerned about the abandoned records, saying they found thousands of abandoned medical records at the clinics.

“Folks who use these clinics have a high degree of expectation of confidentiality, and these records have been abandoned,” Hill said. “Part of the responsibilities of the attorney general’s office is to secure abandoned or discarded medical records to ensure that the confidentiality of those records is maintained.”

He is now working to determine if any other licensed professionals had a hand in transferring the fetal remains across state lines. Investigators in Hill’s office are also working to bring the remains back to Indiana and figure out what their fate will ultimately be.

“We are going to bring our babies home and make sure they are treated with the proper dignity and respect deserving of anyone born on Hoosier soil,” Hill said.

A phone line and email have been set up for people with concerns about the investigation, if their medical records were involved, or the fate of the remains.

People can contact the attorney general’s office at 317-234-6663 or questions@atg.in.gov.

Corinne Rose reported this story.

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