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Published July 31, 2013, 04:29 PM

Red River Women's Clinic opens its doors tomorrow

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Red River Women's Clinic will open its doors tomorrow.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Red River Women's Clinic will open its doors tomorrow.

After a ruling in Cass County Court blocked a law that abortion providers must have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital.

The law, passed last session by the North Dakota legislature, would have gone into effect tomorrow.

If this preliminary injunction had not been granted today, the Red River Women's clinic would not have opened tomorrow.

They would have had to turn away patients who already had appointments.

That immediate impact on clients is why District Judge Wickham Corwin ruled the way he did.

He said the routine, outpatient procedure and low risk of complications do not require hospital admitting privileges.

Women's Clinic director Tammi Kromenaker was in court today.

She says the clinic had no contingency plan in case the ruling went the other way.

Tammi Kromenaker- Red River Valley Women's Clinic Director: "We are here to stay in North Dakota. We believe in North Dakota, and we believe that the courts will continue to see that these bans on abortion are wrong-headed and not the way to eliminate or reduce unintended pregnancies."

Today happens to be the 15th anniversary of the Red River Women's clinic.

They perform about 1200 abortions a year as the only abortion provider in the state.

Outside the courthouse, a group of protesters applauded the judge's decision.

The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride stopped through Fargo today as part of a 15 state tour.

They will be in town through Saturday.

The group came here because North Dakota recently passed some of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country.

Sunsara Taylor- Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: "If women don't have the right to decide for themselves when and whether they're going to have a child, they have no more freedom than a slave. Forced motherhood is a form of enslavement and fetuses are not babies. Abortion is not murder, and women are not incubators."

Downtown, protesters showed up in full force this morning at the Red River Women's clinic.

Groups routinely protest abortion at the clinic on Wednesdays, but today saw higher numbers.

Clinic staff called in extra people to escort patients to the building.