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A fundraiser created to help North Dakota’s only abortion clinic move a few miles away to Minnesota, where abortion will remain legal, has raised more than $500,000 in less than two days.
The Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota, will be forced to close after the state’s ‘trigger’ law banning abortion takes effect following the Supreme Court ruling to quash Roe v. Wade. The clinic has been the only abortion provider in the state for 20 years.
The Supreme Court ruled Friday morning in a 5-4 decision that the right to abortion is not constitutionally protected, meaning states will now be allowed to determine their respective laws relating to access to abortion. ‘abortion.
The North Dakota Legislature passed a “trigger” law in 2007 that would ban abortion if the Supreme Court rules the procedure is not a constitutional right. The state law will be implemented 30 days after Attorney General Drew Wrigley certifies the Supreme Court’s decision. Wrigley said in a statement Friday that he was evaluating the court’s decision to determine its impact on North Dakota law.
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State law will make it a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, for anyone who performs an abortion, except a pregnant woman performing the procedure on herself. The law allows exceptions in cases of rape and incest.
Abortion clinic owner and operator Tammi Kromenaker said on Saturday that she had secured space for her business in Moorhead, Minnesota. She previously said she was unsure how she would support the resettlement financially.
A GoFundMe page was launched on Friday to help with the move and had raised more than $515,000 from more than 6,000 donors by late Saturday afternoon. The initial goal was to raise $20,000.
Kromenaker noted in a television interview Saturday that abortion is still legal in North Dakota until the trigger law takes effect.
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Abortion is legal in Minnesota until fetal viability, and Democratic Governor Tim Walz has signed an order protecting abortion providers and patients from legal consequences in other states.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.