Planned Parenthood (PP) committed the highest percentage of chemical (RU-486) abortions among the abortion mills in the state, according to the 2015 abortion statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Health in July. Also called the “abortion pill,” chemical abortions comprised nearly 41% of PP’s total abortions. Whole Woman’s (WW) in Minneapolis was next with about 35%.
WW was highest in percentage of late abortions compared to the total number of abortions committed at that mill, almost 18%, and the Mildred Hanson abortion center in Minneapolis was next with about 9%.
The percentage of black babies aborted compared to the total number of babies killed at a particular mill was highest at Robbinsdale (44%) and Mildred Hanson’s (31%), whereas the Hispanic numbers were highest at PP and WW (with 355 Hispanic, 4215 not Hispanic and 478 listed as “ Unknown” out of 5048 total abortions at PP, and 182 Hispanic, 2019 not Hispanic and 127 “Unknown” out of 2328 total abortions at WW).
We requested another breakdown this year: “Reason for abortion by gestation.” Although more late-term abortions than early abortions were for “fetal anomalies,” the most common reason is “don’t want” or “economic,” the same reasons as in early abortions.
Taxpayer-Funded Abortions Up
Statistics regarding the number of taxpayer-funded abortions are released by a different state agency and are about a year behind the other statistics.
According to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), after 19 years of taxpayer-funded abortions, Minnesotans are paying for 39 percent of all abortions performed in the state (up from 34.2 percent in 2013), the highest percentage ever. Taxpayers have funded more than 73,000 abortions at a cost of $22.5 million, according to a report released last spring from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).
Taxpayer-funded abortions numbered almost 4,000 in Minnesota in 2014; nearly all of those abortions were elective.
Taxpayers are forced to fund abortions due to a successful 1995 challenge to Minnesota’s law which prohibited funding of most abortions. Since then, abortion advocates have steadily marketed taxpayer-funded abortions to low-income women.
“Aggressive promotion of abortion to economically vulnerable women is enriching the state’s abortion industry,” said Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of MCCL. Prior to the Doe v. Gomez decision, taxpayers were charged about $7,000 per year for about 24 abortions in cases of rape and incest and to save the life of the mother.
Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded abortion claims rose 40 percent in 2014, after rising 45 percent in 2012 and 2013. Planned Parenthood increased its revenues from taxpayer-funded abortions in 2014 by 39 percent to $410,713; it filed claims for 1,801 abortions, which represented 45 percent of the claims that year.
Whole Woman’s filed 1,081 abortion claims, the second most.
“Polls continue to show that most Minnesotans and most Americans are opposed to taxpayer-funded abortions, yet they continue to be forced to pay for them,” Fischbach said.