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North Dakota’s only abortion clinic plans to extend state’s looming ban across the nearby river to Minnesota after Supreme Court overthrows Roe v. Wade

  • The independently-run Red River Women’s Clinic plans to move from Fargo, North Dakota, to the nearby Minnesota town of Moorhead.
  • The trigger ban in North Dakota was certified Tuesday by Attorney General Drew Wrigley, making abortion illegal in the state as of July 28.
  • Director Tammi Kromenaker already has a new location ready for the clinic and plans to commission it so that there is no gap in services

The only abortion clinic in North Dakota plans to move to Minnesota once the GOP state makes abortion illegal on July 28.

The independently-run Red River Women’s Clinic will move just across the state line from Fargo to the neighboring town of Moorhead, where abortions are expected to remain legal.

North Dakota is one of 13 states with laws — known as trigger bans — that make abortions illegal as Roe v. Wade is overturned. North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley today certified the state’s ban.

Director Tammi Kromenaker already has a new location for the clinic, according to the Star Stand† She plans to have it up and running in its new home by the time abortions become illegal in North Dakota, so women in the area won’t have any interruptions in clinic services.

A protest outside the Red River Women's Clinic in May.  The clinic will move from Fargo, North Dakota, to Moorhead, Minnesota, where abortions are expected to remain illegal

A protest outside the Red River Women’s Clinic in May. The clinic will move from Fargo, North Dakota, to Moorhead, Minnesota, where abortions are expected to remain illegal

Clinic director Tammi Kromenaker already has a new location for the clinic.  She plans to have it open by the time abortions are made illegal in North Dakota, so there won't be a gap in service to local women

Clinic director Tammi Kromenaker already has a new location for the clinic. She plans to have it open by the time abortions are made illegal in North Dakota, so there won’t be a gap in service to local women

“The plan is to provide service for as long as we legally can,” Kromenaker said CNN

On Tuesday, that timetable became clear when the attorney general ratified the law that will make abortions illegal in North Dakota just over 30 days after Roe’s overthrow.

The new ban makes it a crime to have an abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother’s life.

Despite those exceptions, there will be no abortion services in the state and women will have to travel to receive treatment.

Women can be sentenced to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for having an abortion.

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Kromenaker told the Star Tribune how within 30 seconds of learning that Roe had been overthrown, the phone rang at the clinic and a desperate young mother with a baby shared how she had become pregnant again and was unprepared for a second child.

“Here’s this group of people in Washington, DC, along with this group of people in North Dakota who have put in place the trigger ban, and they don’t know the reality of the lives of people who need it,” Kromenaker said.

“We get the most devastating news ever, and someone literally calls and says, ‘I need an abortion, I have a child and can’t handle another, I just moved here – are you doing that there?’ I had to pull myself together and make her appointment.’

The Supreme Court released its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24.  A Trigger Ban Act in North Dakota Will Make Abortions Illegal in the State on July 28

The Supreme Court released its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24. A Trigger Ban Act in North Dakota Will Make Abortions Illegal in the State on July 28

Protesters march in Los Angeles on June 24 after the Supreme Court announced its decision over Roe v. Wade.  to overthrow

Protesters march in Los Angeles on June 24 after the Supreme Court announced its decision over Roe v. Wade. to overthrow

For nearly 25 years, the Red River Clinic has been the only abortion provider in all of North Dakota.

It also provides services to nearby women in South Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

The clinic has been the scene of protests for and against abortions in the weeks after the draft decision to overthrow Roe v. Wade was leaked in May. A photo of a protest shows a man holding a sign that reads ‘Babies are being killed here’.

Kromenaker said he is afraid of how anti-abortion activists will act now that the Supreme Court has come their way.

“They feel a sense of victory that they have never felt before. They may feel encouraged. It’s not normal business,” she said.

She also expressed her optimism that the Supreme Court decision will rally supporters of women’s abortion rights who had previously not been involved.

“I think we’re going to turn this ship around in ten years. I hope in 10 years this will all be very different, and we will have federal protections for abortion. But we need people’s help now.’

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