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Abortions in Minnesota drop to lowest since 1974

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Abortion numbers have dropped for the seventh straight year in Minnesota, to their lowest level since 1974, according to an analysis of the state’s Abortion Report by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

The annual state report was released July 1 by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The 2013 total of 9,903 abortions is a reduction of 7.5 percent from the previous year’s 10,701 total. More than half were performed on women in their 20s. A total of 12,164 women received the Woman’s Right to Know informed consent information, meaning 2,261 women chose not to abort after learning about fetal development, abortion risks and complications, and abortion alternatives, said MCCL officials.

The report also showed that taxpayer funded abortions grew to 34.8 percent of all abortions reported in the state, the highest since the 1995 Doe v. Gomez Supreme Court ruling requiring taxpayers to fund abortions.

This percentage has increased nearly every year since the court ruling, MCCL said. Taxpayers have funded 69,265 abortions since the decision.

More than 40 percent of abortions in 2011 were performed on women who had undergone at least one prior abortion; 306 women had four or more previous abortions.

The report also shows that African Americans remain a target of the abortion industry, according the MCCL analysis. They represent 5 percent of the state’s population, yet 23 percent of abortions were performed on African Americans.

The report also showed that Planned Parenthood performed more abortions even as the state total decreased significantly; the organization accounted for 44 percent of the state total.

The report showed that 123 different people performed abortions in 2013, an increase of 20 over the prior year, and seven physicians each performed more than 500 abortions last year. Minnesota’s five abortion facilities (in six locations) performed 98.8 percent of all abortions in 2013.

Late-term abortions (after week 22) decreased from four to one. The latest abortion was performed at 23 weeks. (In 2012 the latest was at 28 weeks.)

Less than 1 percent of women cited rape or incest among their reasons for choosing abortion, while 69 percent said they did “not want child at this time” and 27 percent cited economic reasons.

MCCL said the declines reflect the success of pro-life laws that have been passed in the state, and said the abortion

total could have been even lower had addition such laws been passed.

“As governor, Mark Dayton has vetoed seven protective measures, at least four of which would have protected women and further reduced the number of abortions last year,” said Scott Fischbach, MCCL executive director.

“Dayton’s defense of the abortion industry has been at the expense of unborn babies and their mothers, who are nonetheless rejecting the self-destruction, dehumanization and death that result from abortion.”

MCCL officials cited efforts that have helped reduce the number of abortions including Positive Alternatives, which funds programs that help women with health care, housing, education and transportation; the Woman’s Right to Know informed consent law; and the state’s parental notification law for minors considering abortion.

“Most women don’t want to abort their unborn babies, and today’s report is further evidence that the greater the access women are given to factual information and abortion alternatives, the fewer of them resort to abortion,” Fischbach said. “MCCL has always been focused on empowering women to choose life, and our efforts are clearly working.”