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North Dakota abortion clinic prepares for possible last day

North Dakota’s only abortion clinic is gearing up for the last day of possible surgery, triggering a ban to go into effect Thursday that could force patients to travel hundreds of miles for care while the clinic relocates across the state of Minnesota border.

Unless a judge intervenes, the Red River Women’s Clinic will offer abortions on Wednesday before closing. With the help of nearly $1 million raised through GoFundMe, owner Tammi Kromenaker is building a new clinic in Moorhead, Minnesota. Tuesday. Planned Parenthood said it could perform abortions at its Moorhead facility to fill vacancies if needed, but it was unclear whether that would happen.

Once the North Dakota ban goes into effect, the closest abortion clinics will be in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota (about a four-hour drive from Fargo) and North Dakota Billings, Montana, nearly four hours west of the border.

Destini Spaeth, Volunteer Leader A member of an independent group that helps fund abortions in North Dakota is working on a temporary solution until the Moorhead Clinic opens. This may include help with travel expenses to Minnesota and Montana.

“Have to cross state lines, be treated and talked about like criminals in your hometown, and forced to travel elsewhere, pleading for care, desperate for care,” Women in Need, North Dakota Spath, a spokeswoman for the fund, said. “It must be very distressing,” said Christy Wolfe, executive director of the Women’s Network in North Dakota, a women’s advocacy group that still refers people to the Red River Women’s Clinic or doctors. If this is needed. Wolfe said she received calls from many women expressing “a lot of uncertainty and desperation and anger” about what was to come.

“If North Dakota doesn’t have a clinic , women are going to have to travel farther,” Wolf said. “In order to do that, they have to have adequate transportation resources, you know, gas money, child care, vacation, they need all those things. It is unacceptable to have to do this to get health care. “

Clinics are suing in state court to block the trigger law, passed years ago that would have put the precedent set in Roe v. Wade that established abortion rights if the US Supreme Court overturned The lawsuit argues that the injunction would violate the state constitution. It also argues that Attorney General Drew Wrigley prematurely started the 30-day countdown for the law to go into effect. One day clinic. “

Fargo’s first abortion clinic opened in 1981 in a two-story house in his 70s. This is the early 1990s by a man who locked himself in a car, a tree location of violent protests sparked by national groups on , street signs and other objects. The clinic moved to its current location in downtown Fargo in 1998.

While the move to Moorhead will be for those from the Dakotas of patients increased by miles, but it also means the weekly anti-abortion protesters won’t go any further. Some of them called Wednesday’s planned Fargo ending bittersweet and said they will open at new clinics reinstated their positions when they were closed.” but did not turn a blind eye to the fact that clinics were reopening miles away.

“So we’re going to keep going to Minnesota to love these women and show that, you know, we’re here for you, whatever the decision, but there are other solutions,” she said Say.

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