After the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, who legalized abortion in the United States, the only abortion clinic still present in North Dakota is about to cross state borders to settle in Minnesota to continue its practice there.
Located in Fargo, the Red River Women' Clinic was the state's only provider clinic for 20 years, but has been waiting to close since Friday's ruling, CNN reported.
“The plan is to provide services for as long as we legally can,” clinic director Tammi Kromenaker told the media.
North Dakota is one of 13 states to pass a law that automatically outlaws abortion if the Supreme Court reconsiders its interpretation of the US Constitution. The law is expected to go into effect 30 days after it is certified by the state attorney general.
The clinic therefore elected to relocate approximately 15 minutes from its current location, but in the neighboring state of Minnesota.
While there is still a lot of work to do, a collection via GoFundMe has already been set up to raise funds for the new location. More than $500,000 was paid out as of Saturday afternoon, exceeding the initial objective.
While Friday was supposed to be a normal day at the clinic, the decision fell at the end of the morning changed everything for Ms. Kromenaker's team.
“I saw the news on my computer, and one of the staff members shouted. We cried and got very angry,” she said.
That’s when the phones started ringing. Patients were calling to make an appointment as soon as possible.
“I had to pull myself together and make these appointments,” said the director. “It was a surreal and ironic moment.”
The clinic had already had an influx of patients from South Dakota and Minnesota due to facility closures and staffing issues.< /p>
“The decision [to move] was devastating, but seeing this level of support reaffirms what I already knew, that the vast majority of people are pro-abortion,” Kromenaker said.