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- North Dakota’s only abortion clinic has been collecting funds to move to Minnesota after Roe v. Wade was overturned.
- In two days, the Red River Women’s Clinic raised more than $550,000.
- Moving out of North Dakota, however, means there will no longer be an operating abortion clinic in the state.
An abortion clinic based in North Dakota has raised more than $550,000 to fund its move in the two days since the Supreme Court’s decision to roll back Roe v. Wade.
The Red River Women’s Clinic of Fargo, North Dakota, set up a GoFundMe to assist with a planned move to Moorhead, Minnesota. North Dakota is one of the at least 13 states that has a “trigger” law, which immediately bans abortions following the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
The move to Minnesota has been in the works since reports that overturning the case was a possibility, Tammi Kromenaker, clinic director for Red River Women’s Clinic, previously told Insider.
But moving out of North Dakota means there will no longer be an operating abortion clinic in the state.
“RRWC has served as North Dakota’s only abortion clinic for over 20 years,” the GoFundMe page reads. “As a state with a trigger-ban in place, North Dakota would ban abortion in 30 days if Roe v Wade is overturned.”
The move is part of a contingency plan to continue to provide reproductive health services to patients, the GoFundMe says. Moorhead, Minnesota, is located just a few miles away from the Red River, which could help those in North Dakota still have access to an abortion clinic, per the GoFundMe.
The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade sparked protests nationwide. Since the decision was made public, a slew of prominent individuals from musician Jack White to lawmakers such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have blasted the ruling. Attorney General Merrick Garlan condemned the court’s decision, saying on Friday that it’s a “devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States.”
By overturning Roe, the Supreme Court has put the question of the legality of abortion in the hands of individual state legislatures and has essentially made it illegal in at least 22 states to obtain an abortion. There are expected to be added restrictions in several others.