By Dave Andrusko
It’s only been four days since the lawyer for the family of the late abortion Ulrich Klopfer called authorities in Will County, Illinois, to tell the local law enforcement that in going through Klopfer’s personal property they had found thousands of “medically preserved fetal remains.” There are dozens of unanswered questions and officials up to and including the White House are calling for an investigation of how and why the remains of 2,246 abortion victims wound up in Klopfer’s rural home in Crete, Illinois.
One of the unanswered questions is what South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, he of the human life begins with the first breath outside the womb infamy, feels about a man who local pro-lifers believe committed as least 30,000 and perhaps as many as 50,000 abortions in his 43-year-long career?
Check that. We already know that Buttigieg (a Democrat who is running for President ) never encountered an abortion he would criticize, so he’d probably pat Klopfer on the back for having the energy to operate three Indiana abortion clinics– in Fort Wayne, Gary and (wouldn’t you know it?) South Bend.
But what about hording thousands of his victims’ bodies? Could Rhodes Scholar Buttigieg find five minutes to offer us up just a smidgeon of his wisdom? After all, it’s possible that some/many/most of Klopfer’s trophies came from his Women’s Pavilion clinic in South Bend.
No dice. As of yesterday, not a word.
Philip Wegmann of RealClearPolitics (RCP) wrote
Emails and calls to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign have gone unanswered since Saturday. When RealClearPolitics contacted the municipal office of the mayor on Monday, an aide directed RCP back to the campaign where even more requests for comment received no response.
To be fair, none of the other fiercely pro-abortion Democrats running for President have whispered a syllable, either. Which is odd.
They all believe in abortion on demand, for any reason or none, until birth. What difference should it make how the bodies of non-persons are disposed of? Biden and Warren and Bernie and the whole lot should just shrug their shoulders and say, “Next question?”
But Buttigieg is special, both as the mayor of the city where Klopfer plied his trade and as the party’s resident-theologian. Should he deign to talk about Klopfer, we could ask him the kinds of questions Indiana Right to Life posed in a news conference yesterday:
*Why were these babies preserved?
*When and where did these babies die?
*Did the mothers of these babies know their remains were going to be preserved?
*Are there other properties owned by Dr. Klopfer where fetal remains may still be found?
*Were these babies being preserved in order to be sold to universities or research facilities?
*Are there staff members of Dr. Klopfer’s operations complicit in the preserving and transportation of these remains?
*Are there other Indiana abortion doctors doing the exact same thing, even today as we speak?
*How do we make sure this never happens again in Indiana?
Does Buttigieg, anointed by the pro-abortion press as a kind of secular saint, believe that abortion clinics should be required to bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies in a dignified fashion? That was part of Indiana’s HEA 1337, a law quickly challenged by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union. One of their favorites, Judge Tonya Walton Pratt, dutifully obliged by overturning the measure. Last April a divided panel of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Pratt’s decision.
Surely the answer is Buttigieg opposes this. Why? For many reasons, but perhaps best summarized in this monologue:
Now, right now, [Republicans] hold everybody in line with this one kind of piece of doctrine about abortion, right, which is obviously a tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally. Then again, you know, there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath, and so even that is something that we can interpret differently.
No matter where you think about the kind of cosmic question of where life begins, most Americans can get on board with the idea of, alright, I might draw the line here, you might draw the line there, but the most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision. [My underlining.]
Surely, if a woman agrees with Buttigieg–that it is her prerogative to decide to take her baby’s life up until birth—why should she and the mayor of the fifth largest city in Indiana give a fig about what happens to the baby’s corpse? Whatever the answer, it is not to require treating the corpses in a humane and dignified answer.
As we’ve written many, many times, in kneeling before Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and EMILY’s List pro-abortion Democrats have chosen poorly.
They and the American people are not only no longer on the same wavelength about abortion, they speak different languages.