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Anti-abortion group holds rally near Red River Women's Clinic in Moorhead

PLAM Action, an anti-abortion coalition, held an event across the street from the Red River Women's Clinic at its new Moorhead location.

Anti-abortion rally held near the new location of the Red River Women's
An anti-abortion rally held near the new location of the Red River Women's Clinic in Moorhead on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022.
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MOORHEAD — An anti-abortion group held an event just across the street from the Red River Women's Clinic at its new Moorhead location on Friday, Aug. 19.

The event was hosted by Pro-Life Action Ministries, or PLAM Action, an anti-abortion group based out of St. Paul.

Minnesota state Rep. Tim Miller and executive director of PLAM Action said that the group's primary work is, "the sidewalk counseling outside of abortion clinics in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth and Rochester.”

There were roughly 120 people gathered under a large tent Friday night, set up on the lawn of local Moorhead business CB & Sons Electric.

The group came to speak to Moorhead residents, getting the word out about their event through various churches.

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“I’m not from Moorhead. In the end I am here to give leadership, to assist, but in the end this is meant to be a grassroots effort, a community effort, to say that we don’t want (abortion) in our community.” Miller said.

The guest speaker Friday was David Berit, founder and CEO of 40 Days for Life, who flew in from Washington D.C.

According to its website, 40 Days for Life is an organization that aims to end abortion through prayer and fasting, community outreach and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses.

“As we look at what is happening here, why is the nation looking here right now, because you are this example of the tension across two states, North Dakota and Minnesota.” Berit said.

Angela Wambach, executive director of the Women’s Care Center in Fargo, also spoke at the event.

The Women’s Care Center, formerly known as the First Choice Clinic, has been in the Fargo area for 38 years and does not offer abortion services to its clientele.

Angela Wambach, Executive Director of the Women's Care Center in Fargo, speaking at an anti-abortion event in Moorhead on 8/19/2022.
Angela Wambach, executive director of the Women's Care Center in Fargo, speaking at an anti-abortion event in Moorhead on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022.
Melissa Van Der Stad/The Forum

According to Wambach's speech, they transitioned to the Women’s Care model officially in 2019.

“The Women’s Care Center model is always to be as close as possible to the abortion care facilities or Planned Parenthood's in your communities," Wambach said, adding the care facility offers a variety of services to women.

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The new Moorhead location of the Red River Women's Clinic, seen on right, with anti-abortion protesters rallying nearby.
The new Moorhead location of the Red River Women's Clinic, seen on the left, with anti-abortion protesters rallying nearby on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022.
Melissa Van Der Stad/The Forum

Wambach said the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court does have an impact on their work. She anticipates the Women’s Care Center will now serve more women than ever before, with aspirations to expand.

“I am here to let you know that we are working diligently on opening a Moorhead location as well.” Wambach.

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