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Number of abortions carried out in Minnesota fell in 2018

It's still higher than it was in 2015, but significantly lower than historic levels.

The number of abortions administered in Minnesota in 2018 fell by 2.21 percent compared to 2017.

The Minnesota Department of Health has revealed that 9,910 abortions were carried out in the state last year, down from 10,134 in 2017.

Of those, just under 90 percent of abortions were carried out on Minnesota residents, with Wisconsin accounting for 7.1 percent and much of the rest from other U.S. states.

A single abortion was conducted on a person from Canada, and one on a person not resident in the U.S.

Still, it's the first time since 1992 that more than 10 percent of Minnesota abortions have been carried out on people from outside of the state, which a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman telling the Star Tribune that this is partially due to tightening restrictions in other states.

It's only the third time since 1980 that there have been fewer than 10,000 abortions performed in Minnesota. 1980 itself was the highest year for abortions, with 19,028 performed.

Just under two-thirds of the abortions – 6,292 – were carried out by Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, with Whole Woman's Health performing 2,050 of them.

Most of the abortions, 69 percent, were performed when the fetus was at less than 9 weeks. Only 165 were performed after 20 weeks, with a single abortion carried out when the fetus was 37 weeks and over.

The most common reason given for having an abortion was "do not want children at this time," with "economic reasons" the second most commonly cited reason.

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Of those who underwent the procedure, there were complications in 64 cases, which can include heavy blood loss.

In seven of these instances, the complication resulted in a failure abort the fetus, leaving the patient pregnant. 

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