Report: Abortion numbers hit a record low in Minnesota


The number of abortions performed in Minnesota hit a record low last year.

The Minnesota Department of Health released a report Friday that listed the number of abortions performed annually since 1980.

That year had the most abortions – 19,028. Since then, numbers have mostly been on the decline. And in 2015, a total of 9,861 were performed.

Between 2014 and 2015, the number of abortions decreased by about 3 percent.

According to the data, unmarried white women in their 20s have the highest number of abortions.

Meanwhile, teens have the highest rate of pregnancies ending in abortion. That's also trending downward, though.

In 1990, there were about 69 teen resident abortions for every 100 live births. In 2011, there were 41, and there were 35 last year.

That's still slightly up from 2013 and 2014 though when there were about 32 and 33 respectively.

Why the decrease?

According to the Star Tribune and pro-life group Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the decrease corresponds with the introduction of various grant-funded programs to teach teens how to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

The biggest reason for having an abortion hasn't changed much. Most women said they were having the procedure because they did not want to have children at the time. About 6,900 women gave that as a reason – pretty much the same as the year before.

Other reasons include financial situations, health, fetal abnormalities and rape.

There's more funding

The number of procedures that are publicly funded are on the incline, though. The paper says 29 percent were funded in 2008. That grew to 43 percent last year.

That drew some criticism from Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. The anti-abortion organization expressed concern over Planned Parenthood's rising involvement, too.

For the first time, Planned Parenthood performed more than half of the abortions in the state.

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