Who is Tammi Kromenaker? Owner of North Dakota's ONLY abortion clinic plans to move it to Minnesota

For over 20 years, the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota has been the only provider offering abortion care services in the state


                            Who is Tammi Kromenaker? Owner of North Dakota's ONLY abortion clinic plans to move it to Minnesota
Tammi Kromenaker (L) plans to move Red River Women's Clinic from Fargo to Moorhead, Minnesota where abortion is protected (Al Jazeera English/YouTube and redriverwomensclinic.com)
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After the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade - the landmark 1973 ruling that protected a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy - abortions will cease to be legal in several US states. North Dakota's attorney general said Tuesday, June 28 that the state's only abortion clinic will be forced to shut down at the end of July, which will compel its patients to head across the Red River to neighboring Moorhead, Minnesota to get abortions.

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The Red River Women’s Clinic, located in Fargo, North Dakota has been the only provider offering abortion care services in the state for over 20 years, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser that was initiated by North Dakota Abortion Defender on behalf of the clinic. Tammi Kromenaker, owner and operator of the Red River Women's Clinic, plans to move the clinic from Fargo to Moorhead, Minnesota where abortion is protected. Abortion will soon become illegal in North Dakota, as a law banning the procedure is awaiting certification from the Republican attorney general.

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Attorney General Drew Wrigley told The Associated Press that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week that gives each state the right to decide whether to allow abortions means that the procedure will be outlawed in the state on July 28. He said he dropped off his certification letter at the secretary of state's office on Tuesday morning, June 28. Wrigley said "there's not any ambiguity" in the high court's decision to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade ruling that legalized abortion and the Planned Parenthood v Casey ruling that weakened Roe but said women still had the right to choose to have an abortion before viability.

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For over 20 years, the Red River Women’s Clinic, located in Fargo, North Dakota has been the only provider offering abortion care (redriverwomenclinic.com)

Who is Tammi Kromenaker?

Kromenaker is the director of Red River Women's Clinic, which is an Independent Abortion Provider. It began operating in 1998. Kromenaker has been fighting for abortion access for decades. After the new verdict, the clinic started a GoFundMe fundraiser and has raised more than $760,000 as of Tuesday, June 28 morning. Asked Tuesday about whether the clinic would be open in Moorhead by July 28, Kromenaker said, "Until I speak with my attorneys, I cannot confirm anything." On Monday, she said that the fundraising effort is "breaking down so many barriers" that will allow the transition to Moorhead to become a reality.

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Kromenaker has been fighting for abortion access for decades (Al Jazeera English/English)

"It's humbling. We're grateful," Kromenaker said. "I think people feel powerless right now. Along with the GoFundMe we've had an inundation of people who want to escort and have offered all kinds of other resources. It has been an ongoing outpouring of tremendous support."

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