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Dueling sides of abortion issue gather outside Red River Women's Clinic

A nationwide abortion protest movement reaches Fargo.

FARGO — Anti-abortion activists around the world are taking part in a month-long protest consisting of vigils and prayer services outside of health clinics that perform abortions—including in Fargo.

Protestors gathered outside the Red River Women's Clinic, the only clinic in North Dakota that performs abortions, Wednesday, Sept. 29 as part of a "40 Days for Life" vigil.

Similar events are being held in 600 cities across the country through October 31.

"We are there to lovingly offer alternatives to abortion the moment abortion is taking place," said 40 Days for Life CEO Shawn Carney.

In contrast, pro-abortion rights advocates also showed up to escort women approaching the clinic, in an effort to help reduce possible intimidation.

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"I think the question of whether and when to have children is private and the single most important decision one can make in their lives, and I don't think anyone has the right to impede that," said clinic escort Hilary Ray.

While there are volunteers that provide escort services for the clinic year-round, a significant increase is seen during the "40 Days for Life" period.

The two opposite sides remained peaceful, though there wasn't much conversation between them.

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