By Debra Braun, Education Director
The Minnesota Department of Health released its annual “Induced Abortions in Minnesota” report July 1, showing a continued overall downward trend in abortions in the state. However, Planned Parenthood (PP) continues to increase its “market share” of the abortions in Minnesota. PP committed 6292 of the 9910 reported abortions in 2018 (more than 63%). The number of abortions in Minnesota has declined 48% since 1980, but PP’s total has increased 44% just since 2013. (PP moved into its new, large abortion facility on Vandalia St. in St. Paul in December 2011). This follows the national trend in abortion numbers and PP’s share of abortions. Meanwhile, PP’s non-abortion clients have dropped dramatically in recent years. The recent firing of the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Dr. Leana Wen, confirms what pro-lifers have been saying for a long time, that PP is focusing its efforts more and more on abortion. (Sarah Stoesz, the CEO of PP in Minnesota, is on the PPFA board and Timothy Stanley, Senior Director of Public Affairs of PP in Minnesota, is on the board of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political arm of PPFA.)
With the help of the state’s 1981 parental notification law, abortions on minors dropped from 2,327 in 1980 to 221 in 2018, the lowest number on record. Abortion clients 35 and older increased 24%, from 1,539 in 2017 to 1,901 in 2018.
Chemical abortions (the “abortion pill”) comprised about 37% of the state abortion total. Of its total abortion count, Whole Woman’s committed the greatest percentage of chemical abortions— about 42%, with PP next at 40%. (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 — abortionpillreversal.com, 877-558-0333 — is on our brochures, including the green post-abortion resource list.)
Here are some of the reasons women gave for their abortions in 2018 (more than one reason could be given and some women refused to answer):
* 73% “does not want child at this time”
* 20% economic reasons (down from 24% in 2017)
* 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
Minorities were disproportionately represented in the abortion numbers, based on the fact that the total of all minorities is about 16% of Minnesota’s population. At both Mildred Hanson’s and Robbinsdale, more black children were killed than white children. The largest numbers of Hispanic abortion clients were at PP and Whole Woman’s, comprising almost 9% of the abortions at each location.
Similar to national statistics, more than 60% of the abortion clients in Minnesota had previously given birth. About 40% had previously aborted (26 women had nine or more previous abortions).
Although gestational age was not reported for 152 abortions, the latest abortion reported was at 39 weeks, with three other babies killed between 31 and 36 weeks, and 161 between 21 and 23 weeks (when survival outside the womb is possible). Three abortion procedures resulting in born-alive infants 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, Whole Woman’s, and Mildred Hanson’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 video or visit here, for documentation of these practices.)
Quoting from the Minnesota abortion report regarding the three born-alive infants in 2018: “In one instance . . . (t)here were anomalies incompatible with life. 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 649,000 unborn babies have been killed in Minnesota since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, according to reports.
Here are the average number of babies killed per abortion day at the remaining three Twin Cities mills:
Planned Parenthood – 21
Whole Woman’s – 9
Robbinsdale – 4
Please join our sidewalk counseling and prayer team so that we will be able to offer life-saving alternatives to each and every one of these mothers!
Editor’s note — Thanks to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) for some of this information.