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Red River Women's Clinic Reacts Anti-Abortion Bills

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The director of the Red River Women's Clinic, the only in the state where women can get an abortion, made a statement Tuesday afternoon following Governor Jack Dalrymple signing three anti-abortion bills.

Tammi Kromenaker started by saying the clinic will remain open, pointing out that abortion is still both legal and available in North Dakota. She says the governor signing these bills changes nothing until the law goes into effect August 1.  In the meantime, Kromenaker reassures women of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota that services are still available.

Kromenaker says those at the Red River Women's Clinic are extremely disappointed that Governor Dalrymple chose to sign these bills into law. "I believe that this is a whole new kind of extreme, revealing how far opponents of women's constitutional rights will go. We will not allow this assault on fundamental reproductive rights to go unchallenged."

According to Director Kromenaker, the package of laws that went through have a theme of limiting women's access to safe reproductive healthcare. She has the following statement regarding HB 1456, or the Heartbeat Law:

"We are not going to let this law shut us down. We will, with the help of the Center for Reproductive Rights, challenge it before it goes into effect. It is clearly unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that no state can limit abortion prior to viability, despite numerous opportunities to do so."

She said the following about SB 2305:

"This is just a ban by another name. There is no question that the goal of anti-choice politicians in North Dakota is to shut down Red River Women's Clinic, and shut down women's access to safe and legal abortion along with it. These requirements are medically unwarranted and are duplicates of a ban in Mississippi, where the very qualified physicians there have been unable to obtain admitting privileges. This bill forces hospitals to enter the contentious abortion arena."

Finally, Kromenaker commented on HB 1305, or the sex selection/genetic abnormality bill, which is being looked at by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

"This bill is the first of its kind in the nation," Kromenaker says. "The U.S. Supreme Court has been clear in protecting women's constitutional right to make their own decision whether to continue or end a pre-viability pregnancy based on the complicated and individual personal circumstances they face. Whether through tactics that outright ban abortion or backdoor efforts to block women's access to reproductive health care providers, the end result is the same; women will be gravely harmed."

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