FARGO, ND, May 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The only abortion clinic in the state of North Dakota has sued to block enforcement of new safety regulations that would require abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
The law, which takes effect August 1, was passed in order to ensure the safety of women who experience botched abortions. But Tammi Kromenaker, who runs the state’s only abortion facility, says the law was only passed to shut her business down.
The law’s “purpose is to shut down the clinic, the sole abortion facility in the state,” alleges Kromenaker’s lawsuit, which was filed on her behalf by the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Kromenaker’s Red River Women’s Clinic, located in Fargo, has no local abortionists on staff. Instead, Kromenaker flies in out-of-state abortionists who are licensed to practice in North Dakota.
Kromenaker told the New York Times Wednesday that she does not believe her abortionists will be able to get privileges at any of Fargo’s three hospitals because one hospital is Catholic-run, another is a veterans’ hospital, and the third requires practitioners to admit at least five patients a year to maintain privileges.
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The law requiring abortionists to maintain hospital privileges was one of several pieces of pro-life legislation passed in North Dakota in March, including a fetal heartbeat bill that bans abortions after a heartbeat can be detected (usually around six weeks’ gestation), a fetal pain bill banning abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation, a law banning abortions for genetic conditions like Down Syndrome, and a law barring taxpayer funds from going to organizations that provide abortions.
Additionally, the state legislature passed the nation’s first-ever fetal personhood amendment, which is expected to go to voters for approval this fall.
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has received death threats for signing the pro-life bills, which have made his state the most inhospitable to abortionists in the nation.