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Forum staff reports, Published June 11 2009

Security steps taken at Fargo abortion clinic

Escorts have been posted outside the Red River Women’s Clinic in downtown Fargo, North Dakota’s only abortion clinic, following stepped-up protests.

The security precautions have been taken following the murder of a Kansas doctor who performed late-term abortions.

Escorts were used at the clinic for the first time in its 11-year history last fall, during a “Forty Days for Life” protest, said Tammi Kromenaker, the clinic’s director.

“We are getting threatening and harassing phone calls all the time,” she said.

One protester carried a sign that said, “Tiller deserved it,” a reference to the slain Kansas doctor who performed abortions.

Protests have stepped up at abortion clinics across the country, Kromenaker said. Providers fear violence.

“There is a whole network of people who want to shut down abortion clinics by any means necessary,” she said.