Pro-Life Law Drops Abortions to Lowest in a Decade at Last Clinic in North Dakota

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 19, 2013   |   2:39PM   |   Bismarck, ND

Do pro-life laws work and do they have the ability to save unborn babies from abortion? In North Dakota, the answer is clearly yes — where the passage of one pro-life law has led to a reduction of 15% of the abortions done in the state.

That is good news and puts the state another step closer to closing down the final abortion clinic that remains.

From an AP report on the lone clinic doing fewer abortions than it has done in a decade:

Tammi Kromenaker, director of the Red River Women’s Clinic in downtown Fargo, said the clinic is expected to end the year having conducted about 1,125 abortions – around a 15 percent drop from the 1,330 in 2012.

A doctor who works at the Fargo clinic and others in South Dakota and Minnesota has heard from some North Dakota women who sought abortions elsewhere, assuming that they are now banned in the state, Kromenaker said.

“We’re definitely hearing from women that they thought we were closed and that abortion is illegal,” she said. “Abortion is still legal in the state of North Dakota and we’re still here.”

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But state Rep. Bette Grande, an ardent opponent of abortion, said the decline in the number of abortions in the state is a positive thing. She suspects it happened because more women have become educated on the issue.

“Women are changing their hearts and minds,” said Grande, a Fargo Republican who supported legislation this year aimed at limiting abortions, including a measure that bans them when a fetal heartbeat is detected – as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

This is good news as the state is defending its position in court that abortion is not a legal right.