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North Dakota's One Abortion Clinic Gets Donations, Governor Gets Pat on the Back from Catholic Church

Written by Robin Marty forRH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at theoriginal post.

News is spreading that North Dakota's Republican governor, Jack Dalrymple, has signed a near total abortion ban and a law that could close down the only abortion clinic in the state, the Red River Women's Clinic (RRWC). Across the country, pro-choice advocates are loudly championing the right to bodily autonomy for North Dakotans, while anti-choicers are cheering the massive overreach of a lawmaker intent on violating the constitution and eliminating the right to choose.

RRWC Director Tammi Kromenaker told the Associated Press that Fargo supporters have been stopping by the building ever since the announcement to offer their support. The governor "awoke a sleeping giant," said Kromenaker. One of the three bills signed by the governor this week is likely to close RRWC by mandating that the doctors performing abortions there have local hospital admitting privileges, a requirement that will likely be impossible to obtain from either of the two nearby hospitals.

The clinic is getting more than emotional support. According to ABC News, "unsolicited donations [have] began pouring into the state's lone abortion clinic" -- money that will no doubt be necessary as these laws inevitably result in court battles.


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