The overall number of abortions in Minnesota continues to decrease while the numbers at Planned Parenthood (PP) continues to increase (up to 36.6% of all the abortions in the state), according to the 2012 abortion statistics released by July 1 by the Minnesota Department of Health. In 2012, 10,701 abortions were committed in Minnesota. Although it is tragic when even one child is killed by abortion, this is the lowest number of abortions in Minnesota since 1975 (the abortion rate was lowest since 1974: 9.3 per 1,000 females age 15-44).
The number of abortions on minors (403) was the lowest ever recorded (and down 59% since 1998), indicating that younger women are increasingly rejecting abortion.
An analysis by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) also shows that:
- African-Americans represent just 5% of the state’s population, yet 23% of abortions were performed on them.
- RU-486 chemical abortions (the “abortion pill”) spiked to 25% of the total, up from 19.7% the previous year. Planned Parenthood offered RU-486 “webcam abortions” in 2012 (in Rochester), allowing it to increase its abortion total while decreasing overhead costs.
- Taxpayer funded abortions grew to 34% of all abortions reported in the state, the highest percentage since the 1995 Doe v. Gomez Minnesota Supreme Court ruling requiring taxpayers to fund abortions for lower-income women. This percentage has increased nearly every year since the court ruling. Taxpayers have funded 65,889 abortions since the decision.
- More than 40% of abortions in 2012 were performed on women who had undergone at least one prior abortion; 99 women had six or more previous abortions.
- The total number of reported abortions performed in Minnesota since 1983 is 588,927.