2,411 Aborted Babies Hoarded By Abortionist Finally Given Proper Burial


NATIONAL   MICAIAH BILGER   FEB 12, 2020  

Pro-life advocates gathered Wednesday to mourn for the lives of 2,411 babies who were aborted and then stored in an Indiana abortionist’s garage with complete disregard for their humanity.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s Office organized the memorial service at Southlawn Cemetery and Palmer Funeral Home in South Bend. Many national and local pro-life leaders attended the graveside service. Their burial is marked with a small headstone that reads, “In memory of the 2,411 precious unborn buried here on Feb. 12, 2020.”

In September, authorities found 2,246 medically preserved remains of aborted babies stored in boxes in the former Indiana abortionist’s garage in Illinois. A few weeks later, they found 165 more babies’ remains in a vehicle stored on one of his properties. Klopfer’s family reported finding the remains shortly after he died Sept. 3. Indiana and Illinois authorities have been working together to investigate the gruesome discovery.

Hill’s office announced earlier this year that poor record-keeping and the disintegration of the babies’ bodies made it impossible for each baby to be identified.

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, who attended the service, said the gravestone serves as a reminder that unborn babies are valuable human beings.

“It reminds us … that abortion is not about concepts, abstract debates or simply beliefs,” Pavone said. “It is about real victims, real bloodshed, real bodies. We don’t have funerals for ideas or for things. We have funerals for people.”

Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter also marked the tragic event, saying: “Today’s burial brings closure to the brief and tragic lives of these 2,411 little ones who were denied the opportunity to take their first breaths. They now rest together for all eternity, never to be forgotten.”

Washington Examiner reports the Palmer Funeral Home donated the burial plot.

“I’m so grateful that, finally, the bodies of these little boys and girls will be treated with the dignity they deserved,” Indiana pro-life leader Cathie Humbarger told the Washington Post.

From the beginning, Hill, a pro-life Republican, said he would make sure the babies were given a proper burial.

Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, said the babies, who are believed to be from abortions between 2000 and 2003, would have been teenagers by now.

“Had they not been aborted, the 2,411 children whose tiny bodies will be laid to rest on Wednesday would now be in their late teens,” Scheidler said. “They’d be finishing high school, starting college, entering careers, planning for their futures. Instead, they will be buried, nameless and unknown — the only act of justice we can offer them.”

Scheidler mourned that thousands of unborn babies continue to be aborted every day in America, and “every one of them is a fellow human being” who deserves to live.

Indiana has a law requiring the dignified burial or cremation of aborted babies, but it did not go into effect until recently. Last year, U.S. Sen. Mike Braun introduced the Dignity for Aborted Children Act to extend the cremation/burial requirement to all 50 states.

Right to Life of Michiana Executive Director Jackie Appleman said they plan to hold a memorial service on Feb. 23 as well if people could not attend the Wednesday service. It will be held at 3 p.m. at Southlawn Cemetery. Right to Life Michiana, Right to Life Northeast Indiana and Lake County Right to Life are hosting the service.

“We are grateful but saddened for this opportunity to mourn for the lives lost and the families broken by the violence of abortion,” Appleman said. “This is a tangible reminder of the inhumanity and horror of the abortion industry. Abortion is the ultimate form of dehumanization; it poisons, dismembers, and kills the most innocent among us.”

Klopfer worked as an abortionist for decades in South Bend, Gary and Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, the state revoked his license in 2016 for failing to report the rape of a 13-year-old patient and other health violations.

Authorities believe the babies’ bodies are from abortions performed between 2000 and 2003 in Indiana. Authorities also said they found medical records abandoned among Klopfer’s things.

A doctor who knew Klopfer speculated that he kept the babies’ remains as some sort of gristly trophy.

No one knows why Klopfer kept the aborted babies in his garage. Many of his former patients have been re-traumatized by the discovery, including one woman who said she was forced to abort her unborn child. Now, they will never know if their baby was one of the bodies Klopfer kept.


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Why Is a Baker’s Dozen 13?


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Request a dozen eggs from a farmer, a dozen steaks from a butcher, or a dozen pencils from a traveling office supplies salesman, and you will almost certainly receive 12 of your chosen item (counting errors do happen). But a baker’s dozen is commonly understood to mean 13. Are bakers just bad at counting? Not quite.

There are a few theories as to why a baker’s dozen became 13, but the most widely accepted one has to do with avoiding a beating. In medieval England there were laws that related the price of bread to the price of the wheat used to make it. Bakers who were found to be “cheating” their customers by overpricing undersized loaves were subject to strict punishment, including fines or flogging. Even with careful planning it is difficult to ensure that all of your baked goods come out the same size; there may be fluctuations in rising and baking and air content, and many of these bakers didn’t even have scales to weigh their dough. For fear of accidentally coming up short, they would throw in a bit extra to ensure that they wouldn’t end up with a surprise flogging later. In fact, sometimes a baker’s dozen was 14—just to be extra sure.

Valentine’s Day Blues?


Valentinus, a Reflection

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Leave it to the bizarre imagination of retail America (merchants and consumers alike) to turn the celebration of the moment when an angel of almighty God handed the palm of martyrdom to a third-century Roman priest into an opportunity to boost the bottom lines of candy manufacturers and lingerie vendors. It’s a pretty easy guess with what kind of judgment Valentinus would react.

Let’s bring the commemoration back into focus.

According to the 1962 Missal, St. Valentine was martyred under the emperor Aurelian in A.D. 270. The source for the claim, I assume, is the Roman Martyrology compiled under Pope Gregory XIII (r. 1572-1585), better known, perhaps, for the calendar that bears his name. Gregory was working from documents a millennium older, but all that we now associate with Valentine’s Day derives from Chaucer’s reference to the mating of birds on February 14, medieval texts such as the Golden Legend, or even later custom.

I love legend. It often brings into relief an understanding of the reality of human experience that can be missed in pure historical fact. So, if Valentine secretly witnessed the rite of Christian matrimony and lost his head for his efforts, then he joins other heroic witnesses from John the Baptist to Thomas More who lost their heads for defending the sanctity of marriage. In our day we very much need to invoke these saints, whether when faced with the vitriol of militant sodomites or that of baptized Catholics (family and friends) who can’t understand why we won’t attend their weddings outside the Church.

Nonetheless, although all of the facts of St. Valentine’s life are known but to God, the claim that he died under Aurelian can be doubted. Aurelian was not a persecutor of Christians. Indeed, he was a great general and a man of extraordinary political will. His reign was the beginning of the end of the Third Century Crisis, which saw some 20 to 25 emperors, nearly all of whom were assassinated. Diocletian, who reigned ten years after Aurelian (and did persecute Christians, although not at first), put the finishing touches on Aurelian’s restoration with his establishment of the Tetrarchy (rule of four), an arrangement without which Constantine never would have come to power and the Church never would have flowered. (Diocletian was one of those rare honorable politicians who, in the tradition of Cincinnatus, surrendered his power to retire to his farm.)

When you visit Rome today, the wall you see is the Aurelian Wall, a project of this great emperor’s reign and not of that of Marcus Aurelius, an emperor of more than a century before. Marcus Aurelius was, however, another great man of pagan antiquity. His reign, in spite of the stoicism for which he is famous, moved forward the relationship between Christian and pagan Rome. The Martyrs of Lyon were the exception rather than the rule during this period, and even his rotten son Commodus, of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator fame, had Christians in his household.

I’m straying.

The martyrdom of Valentine more likely took place under Claudius II, also called Claudius the Goth, one of the few emperors of the period who died not by assassination but by natural causes (if smallpox can be assigned to that category). The traditional site of the martyrdom is outside the city walls on the Flaminian Way, the road (of Milvian Bridge fame) that runs from Rome to the once seaport town of Ravenna. The Porta del Popolo where this road enters the city walls (and near which my friends from Catholic Studies at the University of Saint Thomas have their Rome campus) was once called the Porta Valentini.

St. Valentine’s skull is displayed in the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin near Rome’s Forum Boarium. This beautiful paleo-Christian church is best known for the likeness of a man’s face (a Roman sewer cover, perhaps) that now graces its portico called the Boca della Verita. Wives, goes the medieval tradition, would bring their husbands there to test their fidelity by sticking their hands in the mouth of the face. Unfaithful husbands’ hands were bitten off. Now the Boca is use to test probity in general, but it is something in God’s providence that the same church that holds the skull of an early defender of marriage is also the site of a medieval tradition of testing marital fidelity.

ValentinusThree years ago, my older three boys tortured their little brother Nathanael at this very spot. You can see the look of glee on their faces, and the worry on Nathanael’s. Odd, because by that point the three of them had doubtless transgressed the boundaries of honesty many more times than had the youngest of the Check boys

Nigerians Express Disappointment With Government On Insecurity


Protesters boo Buhari in Maiduguri, Borno State the hotbed of Boko Haram insurgency

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Protesters on Wednesday booed President Muhammadu Buhari when he travelled to Maiduguri to “sympathise” over recent Boko Haram attacks.

A video circulated on social media showed hundreds of protesters on the road while the president’s convoy drove past.

“Buhari, we don’t like you. We don’t want you anymore,” the protesters chanted in Hausa.

Borno State, including Maiduguri, is a stronghold of Mr Buhari’s APC which overwhelmingly won the elections in the state in 2015 and 2019.

The worsening security situation in the state appears, however, to be turning the residents against the president who enjoyed tremendous support there.

Mr Buhari travelled to the state directly from Addis Ababa where he went for an African Union programme.

“He is paying a sympathy visit to the government and people of Borno following the recent horrific incident in which BH terrorists killed several travelers,” Garba Shehu, Mr Buhari’s spokesperson wrote.

Mr Shehu made reference to the recent Boko Haram attack in Auno where over 30 travellers were killed by Boko Haram after their vehicles were stopped from entering Maiduguri after 5:00 p.m by soldiers.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, blamed the military for the attack.

“We have made repeated plea to the military to re-establish a base in Auno since it is one of the flashpoints of the Boko Haram, but nothing has been done to that effect,” the governor said.

On Wednesday, the president was accompanied by the defence minister, the National Security Adviser, the governors of Imo and Cross River states, Hope Uzodimma and Ben Ayade, and other federal government officials.

Mr Buhari was immediately driven into Maiduguri town amidst tight security mounted by the army and the police.

During the visit, Mr Buhari told the Maiduguri residents that his government was committed to improving the security in Borno State.

“I assure you that improvement in security will be pursued vigorously,” Mr Buhari was quoted as saying by Garba Shehu.

Read Mr Shehu’s full statement below.

More proactive and decisive measures are to be taken by the Federal Government to put an end to the Boko Haram menace in the country once and for all.

President Muhammadu Buhari who gave the assurance in Maiduguri during a sympathy visit however maintained that intelligence sharing and synergy between law enforcement agencies and the civil populace are critical towards achieving the objectives.

“I assure you that improvement in security will be pursued vigorously. The military will work harder and strategise with tactics to deal with the insurgents. This is however not possible without good intelligence and cooperation with local community leaders.

“Boko Haram cannot come up to Maiduguri or environs without the local leadership knowing because traditionally, the local leadership is in charge of security in their own respective areas.

“I want to call on the leadership at various levels to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and let us deny Boko Haram access to our loyal citizens,” the President said.

“We will do our best and I hope history will be kind to us; to recall what was on the ground when we came and what will be on the ground when we leave,” he added.

President Buhari, who was at the palace of the Shehu of Borno, His Royal Highness Abubakar Ibn Umar Gabai, accompanied by the state Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, sympathised with him and other victims of the attack, prayed for the repose of the soul of the victims.

In his remarks, Governor Zulum thanked the President for identifying with the state in these trying times. He praised the efforts of the military so far, wondering why some people would be comparing the security situation now with what obtained before the Buhari administration came on board:
“Roads were closed, there were sporadic bombings everywhere even within the metropolis. Close to 20 local government areas were under Boko Haram. We are surprised that there seems to be resurgence in 2019.”

He tasked the military to borrow from their successes especially between 2015 and 2017, take the battle to the insurgents and push them to the fringes of Lake Chad.