By Debra Braun, Education Director
The 2015 abortion report released July 1, 2016 by the Minnesota Department of Health shows that the abortion rate in the state is the lowest ever since abortion was legalized in 1973 (8.4 per 1,000 females age 15-44). Abortions on minors are down 89% from their peak in 1980.
The actual number of abortions is the lowest since 1974. (The number has decreased each year beginning in 2007, except in 2014, when the number rose 2%.)
Planned Parenthood’s 2015 total of 5,048 abortions was its highest number ever, and a record 51.2% of all abortions in the state.
Tax-funded abortions increased from 38.1% to 43.3% of all abortions last year.
The greatest changes in numbers took place at Mildred Hanson’s which was up 206 abortions in 2015 and at Whole Woman’s which was down 440 abortions. (Perhaps the leaders of the Whole Woman’s chain were “too busy” in the courts fighting the Texas law?)
The estimated average number of babies killed on each abortion day at the various Twin Cities mills:
Planned Parenthood – 16
Whole Woman’s – 10
Robbinsdale – 6
Mildred Hanson’s – 6
Editor’s note — Thanks to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) for much of this information and analysis. To view the 2015 report, go to: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/abrpt/2015abrpt.pdf