Nearly 10,000 Minnesota lives lost to abortion in 2016

Slight uptick overall, huge gains for Planned Parenthood

By Bill Poehler

Editor’s note. This appeared in the latest edition of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life NEWS.

AFTER DECLINING IN NINE of the previous 10 years, abortion numbers in Minnesota rose slightly to 9,953 last year, according to the state’s 2016 Abortion Report. The annual total fell the previous year to its lowest level since 1974. The abortion rate rose to 8.6 percent.

The 2016 increase of less than one percent follows a general trend of fewer abortions statewide since MCCL helped to enact the Woman’s Right to Know informed consent law in 2003, and the Positive Alternatives law, which took effect in July 2006.

Abortion industry hurting

The 28 percent decrease in abortions over the past decade has been problematic for most of the state’s abortion industry. Planned Parenthood has managed to increase its market share by increasing its abortions in most of the last 10 years, but other facilities have seen sharp decreases in overall numbers.

“Minnesota’s five abortion centers have worked hard to reverse the national trend of fewer and fewer abortions,” said MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach. “Women are turning away from abortion and from the state’s unlicensed abortion facilities, and that puts pressure on their bottom line.”

Planned Parenthood kills more

Planned Parenthood continues its abortion business expansion despite trends of declining abortion numbers. As Minnesota’s largest abortionist, Planned Parenthood grew its market by a staggering 11.5 percent last year and controlled a greater portion of the market. Planned Parenthood increased its abortions by 44 percent from 2012 to 2016, and more than doubled its abortion business since 2001. Planned Parenthood’s annual abortion numbers have increased every year but one since 2006.

In stark contrast, annual state abortion totals fell in all but two of those years. Planned Parenthood’s 2016 total of 5,629 abortions was by far its highest number.

Planned Parenthood credibility lost

“This data confirms once again that Planned Parenthood means abortion,” Fischbach said. “As an organization that takes credit for the overall decline in abortions, Planned Parenthood has lost all credibility. Its clear goal is to perform as many abortions as possible, and it does so year after year.”

The 2016 report shows that more than half of abortions were performed on women in their 20s. A total of 11,585 women received the Woman’s Right to Know informed consent information, meaning up to 1,632 women chose not to abort after learning about fetal development, abortion risks and complications, and abortion alternatives.

Fewer abortions on minors

The report shows some hopeful signs. Last year’s 9,953 abortion total was the third lowest since 1974. Just 291 abortions were performed on minors, accounting for 2.9 percent of the total. This is the second lowest number since the state began recording minor abortions in 1975 and represents a decline of 87 percent from their peak in 1980, the year prior to passage of Minnesota’s Parental Notification law.