How Reprotection Began
One Thursday morning, Cathie Humbarger looked out her office window at the local abortion business and saw women stumbling down the steps after an abortion. No wheelchair. No wheelchair ramp. She wondered, “What else is going on behind the doors of the notorious abortionist Ulrich Klopfer’s business?”
As she began to look deeper, the lack of a wheelchair ramp was only the beginning! Klopfer was violating numerous state health and medical codes. Extension cords were running through puddles of water in the basement procedure room. He wasn’t reporting child abuse victims as young as 12 and 13 to Child Protective Services. And he consistently botched abortions, leading to infections and hysterectomies.
You would think that egregious violations like these would raise the alarm with local and state authorities, but they didn’t.
Cathie and her team filed over 2000 complaints against abortionist Klopfer, resulting in his three abortion facilities being closed in Indiana. His medical license was then suspended with stringent stipulations that caused him to decide to stop practicing altogether. He would never harm another woman again.
Since the closing of his business, Fort Wayne, Ind., is the second largest city in the country with no abortion businesses within 100 miles.
But Cathie quickly learned that the negligence in oversight for abortionist Klopfer was common practice. Abortion businesses were not being held accountable for dangerous violations.
Although Cathie’s efforts started in Indiana, it quickly became apparent that the same lack of enforcement was happening in Kentucky. So, it was inevitable that conversations between pro-life leaders in both states about pro-life regulation enforcement followed. The effort naturally expanded. This led to inquiries about the abortion industry across the country and how they continue to escape the scrutiny the law requires.
We needed to respond on a national level.
National pro-life leader David Bereit caught the vision and helped establish Reprotection, now serving as the chairman of the board.
After one year of site testing and research, Reprotection was officially launched on January 2, 2020.