by Debra Braun, Education Director

Planned Parenthood continues to dominate the Minnesota abortion industry by increasing both the number of children it kills and the share of abortions committed, according to statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on July 1. PP now commits 65% of the abortions in the state.  Since moving into its “mega-mill” on Vandalia St. in St. Paul in late 2011, PP’s annual abortion numbers have jumped 79%.

This follows the national trend in PP’s increasing share of abortions. Meanwhile, PP’s non-abortion clients have dropped dramatically in recent years. Not surprisingly, the new president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Alexis McGill Johnson, is described by PP as “a social and racial justice leader, lifelong political and cultural organizer, and a tireless advocate for reproductive rights,” NOT as a healthcare leader.

Overall, there were 9,922 abortions reported in Minnesota in 2019, which is 12 more than in 2018.  The number of abortions has basically remained steady the last several years, after falling for seven years in a row from 2006 to 2013.  (The other abortion mills in Minnesota committed more abortions in 2019 due to the November 2018 closing of the Mildred Hanson abortion center in Minneapolis.)

According to an analysis by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL),  Minnesota abortions have fallen 48% since peaking in 1980. The abortion rate (abortions per 1,000 Minnesota women of reproductive age) was an estimated 8.4 in 2019.  With the help of the state’s 1981 parental notification law, abortions on minors dropped from 2,327 in 1980 to 259 in 2019. 

Chemical abortions (the “abortion pill”) comprised about 37% of the state abortion total.  Of its total number of abortions (including the 182 chemical abortions at the PP in Rochester), PP  committed the greatest percentage of chemical abortions — about 41%, with Whole Woman’s (WW) next at 38%.   

(Sidewalk counselors, please be aware of the large number of abortion clients who would benefit from hearing about abortion pill reversal so their babies could have a second chance! The contact information —, 877-558-0333 —­­  is on our brochures, including the post-abortion flyer.  We also have signs alerting them to this resource.  In addition, tell the women to go to:

Following are some of the reasons women gave for their abortions in 2019 (more than one reason could be given and some women refused to answer):

       * 68% “does not want children at this time”

      * 21% economic reasons       

      * Less than 2% for “fetal anomalies”      

      * Less than 1% for rape or incest

      * Less than 1% because the pregnancy could “cause impairment of major bodily function” of the mother

About 60% of the abortion clients had at least one other child. About 39% had undergone one or more previous abortions; a total of 704 women had undergone three or more previous abortions, with 22 of those reporting 9 or more previous abortions.

Blacks were disproportionately represented in the abortion numbers.  They comprise a little more than 6% of Minnesota’s population, but accounted for nearly 30% of the abortions on Minnesota residents. At the Robbinsdale abortion center, more black children were killed than white children.  The largest numbers of Hispanic babies killed were at PP and Whole Woman’s, comprising about 11% and 9% of the abortions respectively.

Although gestational age was not reported for 141 abortions, the latest abortion reported was at 30 weeks, with 178 between 21 and 25 weeks (when survival outside the womb is possible).  Three abortions resulting in a born-alive infant were reported.  Presumably these were reported by hospitals killing special-needs babies.  It is extremely unlikely that the abortion mills that do late-term abortions (PP and Whole Woman’s), would report any live births (although required to since July 2015), particularly if they illegally kill abortion survivors or traffic in aborted baby parts.  (See our website,, for documentation of these practices.) 

Quoting from the Minnesota abortion report regarding the three born-alive infants in 2019:  “In one instance,  fetal anomalies were reported but residual cardiac activity was present at 2 minutes. Care of fetus was transferred to the second medical doctor.  No measures taken to preserve life were reported and the infant did not survive. In one instance,  comfort care measures were provided as planned and the infant did not survive.  In one instance, the infant was previable.  No measures taken to preserve life were reported and the infant did not survive.”         

Nearly 659,000 unborn babies have been killed in Minnesota since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

The average number of babies killed at each Minnesota location per abortion day in 2019 were:

Planned Parenthood – 21

Whole Woman’s – 9

Duluth – 9

Robbinsdale – 5

Rochester PP – 4

    Please join our sidewalk counseling and prayer teams so that we will be able to offer life-saving alternatives to each and every mother entering the state’s abortion mills!

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