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Debate Spurs Death Threats & Donations

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Ever since N.D. Governor Jack Dalrymple signed three anti-abortion bills into law Tuesday, support for the Red River Women's Clinic has been pouring in - not just from the region, but from all across the country.



Clinic director Tammi Kromenaker says the response has been "mind-boggling."

"This is crazy that this has happened. People are upset. They are outraged," says Kromenaker. "We had about $5,000 this morning, and [the money] continues to roll in."

For her part, Kromenaker promises to fight for the rights of women in North Dakota: "[The N.D. Legislature and the Governor] have overstepped their boundaries. We don't need this in North Dakota."

Yet while donations arrive Fargo, things have become considerably more serious elsewhere in the state; the N.D. Highway Patrol and the Richland County State's Attorney are investigating potentially threatening emails and phone calls sent to lawmakers.

The messages were traced to someone in Richland County. Officials won't say the nature of the messages or which legislators received the threats, and no charges have been filed at this point.

"We were very surprised," says Robin Nelson, one of the organizers of Monday night's rally protesting the anti-abortion bills and a Stand Up for Women organizer. "Stand Up for Women is a peaceful movement, but this is an emotional issue. Emotions are running high."

Nelson says any type of threat is unacceptable and something the organization doesn't support, adding that "it's very unfortunate to stoop to this level."



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