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Federal Judge's Injunction Helps Keep ND Abortion Clinic Open

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Doctors and staff providing abortions for women in the valley are looking forward with new hope after a federal judge blocked some of the country's most restrictive anti-abortions laws from taking effect August 1st.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman met with the Red River Valley Women's Clinic to find out what the injunction means for women asking for the option.

"Just looking around you can see where people are writing in from... Massachusetts, New York, there's one from Maine over here," Tammi Kromenaker, Director of the Red River Valley Women's Clinic, said as she flipped through hundreds of notes.

If the walls could talk inside the Red River Valley Women's Clinic, they'd share the stories scribbled on these pieces of scratch paper, these Facebook posts and folded into the last few dollars scraped together.

They're the support flooding in since March, when the state banned abortion for pregnancies as early as six weeks.

Now, Kromenaker keeps them all as reasons to keep fighting.

"I haven't made any contingency plans for looking for a new job, or moving the clinic, or expanding services that we have here to keep our doors open," she said. "I really do believe that we will prevail."

So, when a judge blocked those laws from taking effect Kromenaker credits that support.

But, this is not the end of the road for doctors and staff hoping to keep these doors open. The court still needs to grant one more injunction and time is running out.

"That is the injunction against the 'admitting privileges bill'. We have a hearing for that in state court on July 31st, one day before the law is set to go into effect," Kromenaker said.

She's confident, however, that the court will grant the injunction... not just for her clinic... but for the hundreds of voices on her wall.

"We want to continue to provide the service and want to make sure that women in North Dakota don't have less rights than even in our surrounding neighboring states."

Meanwhile, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem told the Associated Press today that we need to convince Judge Hovland why the legislature wanted to enact the law.

Stenehjem said the state will ask the court for a trial and already has hired an attorney to help argue the case.

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