(Editor’s note — This article is condensed from a longer press release by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), available at https://www.mccl.org/post/tax-funded-abortions-in-minnesota-hit-another-all-time-high)
ST. PAUL (March 29) — Abortions funded by Minnesota taxpayers in 2017 reached a record high for the third straight year, according to a report released today by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Taxpayers reimbursed abortion practitioners $1.06 million for a total of 4,356 abortions. State-funded abortions have risen each of the last four years—a 28 percent jump since 2013.
Planned Parenthood (PP), the state’s leading practitioner of abortion, can claim full credit for the increase in recent years. Since 2011, tax-funded abortions at abortion facilities other than PP have actually declined by 37 percent. In the same time period, tax-funded abortions at PP have shot upward by a startling 197 percent.
In 2017, Planned Parenthood took in a record-high $562,728 in taxpayer money by performing a record-high 2,570 tax-funded abortions—a record-high 59 percent of all tax-funded abortions in the state. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, a record-high 44 percent of total abortions occurring in Minnesota in 2017 were publicly funded.
Graph courtesy of MCCL