Red River Women's Clinic still polarizing 40 years after Roe V. WadeFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Forty years after the Roe v. Wade ruling, abortion still stands as one of the most divisive issues across the country. That division is no different in Fargo, bringing thousands of procedures, along with protests and polarized opinions.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Forty years after the Roe v. Wade ruling, abortion still stands as one of the most divisive issues across the country. That division is no different in Fargo, bringing thousands of procedures, along with protests and polarized opinions.
The state's only abortion clinic sits along 1st Avenue in Fargo, bringing in women from hundreds of miles away to make up for more than 1,200 abortions that occur there each year.
Tammi Kromenaker – Red River Women’s Clinic: "I believe abortion is a basic human right."
Back on this day in 1973, the 7-2 vote on Roe V. Wade did just that: legalized abortion, pitting pro-choice and pro-life activists against each other ever since.
Ken Koehler – St. Andrew Lutheran Church: "After all these years of legal abortion, is the unborn human life? And the answer is absolutely yes it is."
Tammi Kromenaker: "Those who are trying to, for example, make North Dakota an abortion free state, that's not going to end abortion, it's going to end safe abortion."
In the last 40 years, the country has seen roughly 55 million abortions, while Fargo has seen its fair share of protests.Some of the most serious began back in 1991, when groups locked themselves together inside and outside the city's clinic.
Still today, people gather weekly outside the Red River Women's Clinic, some holding signs, and others in prayer.
Ken Koehler: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, to show the human-ness of human life and the value of it."
Although protests have changed, the heated debate has not. In the last 10 years, the number of people opposed to overturning Roe has not greatly shifted, sitting between 60-63%.
Ken Koehler: "I would like to see all human life protected."
Tammi Kromenaker: "People just want to control what women can and can't do with their bodies and with their lives."
It’s a passionate battle still dividing the country 40 years later, and most likely for many years to come.
In Bismarck, several Republican lawmakers introduced a proposal that would prohibit abortions for "sex selection or genetic abnormalities.