by Steven Ertelt
July 3, 2007
Minneapolis, MN (LifeNews.com) — The number of abortions in Minnesota in 2006 jumped more than five percent — a sharp reversal after four years of steady decline. However, pro-life advocates there say Planned Parenthood is to blame as it opened to centers focused on getting teens to its abortion businesses.
New figures from the state health department reveal 14,065 abortions were reported in Minnesota in 2006, compared to 13,362 in 2005.
But Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life says teenagers have been increasingly targeted as never before by Minnesota’s abortion industry and Planned Parenthood appears to be leading the way.
Abortions on teenagers in 2006 jumped at an alarming rate of 16 percent compared with the 2005 numbers. The figure is the greatest increase since 1985 in abortions performed on minors, which had shown a general decline for 26 years.
The spike comes on the heels of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota opening two suburban "express" centers in local retail malls. The stores target young women with scented oils, candles and referrals to its St. Paul abortion center.
"The huge jump in minor abortions is deeply disturbing to parents, families, and teenagers—but it was a predictable result of Planned Parenthood’s increased promotion of abortion," Fischbach told LifeNews.com.
"Planned Parenthood has learned how to take advantage of teenagers and young women by marketing its brand and building relationships to create future abortion customers," he said.
The focus on teens has paid dividends for the abortion business, with a steady increase in new customers. Planned Parenthood performed more abortions than ever last year, increasing its business by 21 percent in a single year, the greatest increase of any abortion business in the sate.
For the third year in a row, Planned Parenthood did more abortions than any other abortion business in the state. Abortions rose by 703 in Minnesota last year; Planned Parenthood increased its abortions by 648 for a total of 3,660, capturing nearly all of the increase.
"Planned Parenthood’s dedication to promoting abortion has reversed a life-affirming trend in Minnesota," Fischbach said. "Planned Parenthood’s spokespersons say publicly that they want to decrease abortions, but when they sell 21 percent more abortions in a single year, no one can believe them anymore."
MCCL has urged the Minnesota Legislature to end taxpayer funding of abortions, which accounted for 28 percent of all state abortions last year.
Similar laws in other states have proven effective in reducing the number of abortions. Instead, legislators have awarded additional millions of dollars in block grants each year to abortion-promoting organizations.
"Legislators must take responsibility for this tragic increase because they have refused to act to curb elective, unnecessary abortions," Fischbach added. "This is a huge loss for Minnesotans. It is sad to know that many more women and teenagers are suffering, their lives and dignity cheapened by a predatory abortion industry."
Other figures from the state health department show that:
* Non-surgical abortions (RU-486) accounted for 11.7% of the 2006 total, up 30% from 2005
* Incomplete abortions are increasing: 21 in 1999, 53 in 2002, 70 in 2005, 87 in 2006
* Some 28.2% (3,969) of all abortions were taxpayer funded
* 89 physicians performed abortions in Minnesota in 2006; this number rose from 82 in 2004 and is the highest number since reporting began in 1998
* Seven abortion centers in the state did 99% of all abortions in Minnesota
* Some 68% of women had an abortion because they didn’t want a child at the time, 35% cited financial hardships associated with raising and child and less than 1 percent cited rape, incest, or "impairment of major bodily function"
* About 41% (5,841) of the women who received an abortion had at least one prior abortion. 139 women reported they had had 6 or more prior abortions
* The 2003 Woman’s Right to Know law requires that all women considering abortion be given information about abortion risks, complications and alternatives; the gestational age of their unborn child; fetal pain information and other materials. Last year, 652 women decided not to abort their babies after receiving this information.
Related web sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org