By Debra Braun, Education Director

Planned Parenthood (PP) in St. Paul committed 56.5% of the state’s abortions in 2016, according to the Minnesota abortion report recently released by the Minnesota Department of Health.

The report also shows that blacks, who represent just 5.8% of the state’s population, accounted for 26% of abortions. About half of all abortions were performed on minorities, who make up only 19 % of the population. The Robbinsdale abortion mill did the greatest percentage of black abortions compared to its total number of abortions—48% of abortions there were obtained by blacks, with the Mildred Hanson office next at 41%.  PP had the highest number of abortions done on Hispanic women.

RU-486 chemical abortions (the “abortion pill”) reached an all-time high of 35.4% of the total, up from 32% in 2015.  Compared to overall facility totals, PP did the greatest percentage of abortions by the abortion pill—43%, with Whole Woman’s next at 40%.

(Sidewalk counselors, please take note of the number of women leaving these places who would benefit from hearing about abortion pill reversal!  The contact information is on our brochures, including the green post-abortion resource list.)

Late-term abortions (after week 20) increased from 122 to 140. The latest abortion was performed at 26 weeks.  Whole Woman’s did the greatest number of second-trimester dilation and evacuation abortions (D&E) at 415, which accounted for 17.5% of all the abortions at that location.

The percentage of D&E abortions was next highest at the Mildred Hanson office with 16%.

The total number of reported abortions performed in Minnesota since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion on demand is 628,767.

Following are the reasons women gave for their abortions (more than one reason could be given):
* Less than 1% for rape, incest
* 70% “does not want child at this time”
* 29% economic reasons

Reported complications were up significantly—151, up from 92 in 2015.

Five abortion procedures resulting in a born-alive infant were reported.  Quoting from the state report: “In one instance residual, transient cardiac contractions were briefly present. No measures were taken to prolong these transient contractions and the infant did not survive. In two instances the infants had been diagnosed with lethal fetal anomalies. No efforts were made to preserve the lives of these infants and neither survived. In two instances comfort care measures were provided as planned and neither infant survived.”

Editor’s note—Presumably these were reported by hospitals doing late-term abortions.  It is extremely  unlikely that the abortion mills like PP or Whole Woman’s would report any live births (although required to since July 2015), particularly if they illegally kill born-alive infants or traffic in aborted baby parts. See our recent video , and June issue of Pro-Life Action News.

Here are the average number of babies killed per abortion day at the various Twin Cities mills:
Planned Parenthood – 19
Whole Woman’s – 10
Robbinsdale – 5
Mildred Hanson office – 6

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 much of this information. Their full analysis of the 2016 abortion report is at

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