Minnesota Attorney General tours Red River Women’s Clinic in Moorhead

Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 4:11 PM CDT
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (Valley News Live) - Attorney General Keith Ellison toured the new Red River Women’s Clinic location in Moorhead on Wednesday.

His visit was also in an effort to hear the concerns of the citizens including the protection of individual rights.

“People want to make sure they have the right to choose,” said Ellison.

The overturning of Roe v. Wade has now left it up to states to decide if abortions should be allowed.

Ellison has been a strong advocate for having abortions be a personal choice.

“I believe women have a right to choose. I’m not saying they should choose abortion or not. It’s up to them,” he said.

The Red River Women’s Clinic was North Dakota’s only abortion provider.

Following the ruling, the clinic moved across the river to Moorhead to ensure services were still available for those wanting an abortion.

“Minnesota is sort of an island in the midwest,” Ellison said. “North and South Dakota, Iowa, and even Wisconsin are sort of not available to people the way they were.”

Ellison says he will protect anyone, crossing state lines, who may be prosecuted for visiting Minnesota to get an abortion.

“I will file motions in those states to have those cases dismissed because people have the right to travel to Minnesota and they have a right to have an abortion in Minnesota,” he said.

The clinic has seen backlash from those who do not agree with abortions including threats against those visiting the clinic.

The Attorney General says those issuing the threats should be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

“We absolutely have to condemn the violence,” said Ellison. “If you have a point of view that is different then that is your right as an American to have your first amendment viewpoint, but you can not push that point of view with violence.”

Ellison says now his office will continue to fight for the rights of the citizens.

“It’s not up to some politician. I just think this Dodds decision was absolutely wrong. It was a front to the basic liberties of our country. We have to follow the law but we don’t have to like it. We are going to do all we can,” he said.

Ellison’s opponent in November is republican Jim Schultz”.

Schultz says he is anti-abortion, but says that shouldn’t be a campaign issue.

He added Minnesotans should be focused on crime.