North Dakota’s only abortion clinic en route to Minnesota

Following the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, who legalized abortion in the United States, the only abortion clinic left in North Dakota, is about to cross state lines to go to Minnesota to continue her practice.

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The Fargo-based Red River Women’s Clinic was the state’s only serving clinic for 20 years but has been waiting to close since Friday’s decision, CNN reported.

“The plan is to continue providing services for as long as is legally possible,” clinic director Tammi Kromenaker told media.

North Dakota is among 13 states to have passed legislation that automatically bans abortion if the Supreme Court reconsiders its interpretation of the Constitution. The law is scheduled to come into force 30 days after confirmation by the Attorney General’s Office.

The clinic therefore decided to relocate about 15 minutes from its current location but to the neighboring state of Minnesota.

While there is still work to be done, a GoFundMe has already been set up to raise money for the new location. As of Saturday afternoon, more than $500,000 had been donated, exceeding the original goal.

While Friday was supposed to be a normal day at the clinic, the late morning decision changed everything for Ms. Kromenaker’s team.

“I saw the news on my computer and one of the staff members yelled, we cried and got very angry,” she said.

Then the phones rang for patients who wanted to make an appointment as soon as possible.

“I had to pull myself together and make those appointments,” the director said. “It was a surreal and ironic moment.”

The clinic had already seen an influx of patients from South Dakota and Minnesota due to facility closures and staffing issues.

“Decision [de déménager] was devastating, but to see this level of support confirms what I already knew, that the vast majority of people are pro-abortion,” Kromenaker said.

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