Minnesota Sees Tax-Funded Abortions Drop 4% With Positive Alternatives Program
by Steven Ertelt
April 5, 2010
Minneapolis, MN (LifeNews.com) — The number of taxpayer-funded abortions in Minnesota continues to drop thanks to the Positive Alternatives program that helps women find better choices. Taxpayer funded abortions fell more than 4 percent in Minnesota in 2008, according to a new Minnesota Department of Human Services report.
The 2008 figures show Minnesota abortion businesses filed claims for 3,754 abortions and were reimbursed $1,505,862 by the state (an average of $401 per abortion).
Taxpayer funded abortions peaked in 2004, when 4,104 abortions were done on women needing financial help for the abortion, but that total has dropped since the high in 2006, when taxpayers were forced to finance $1,652,977 worth of abortions.
The drop follows a several-year trend that coincides with the Positive Alternatives program that has provided practical help to pregnant women.
The state legislature approved the Positive Alternatives program in 2005 to provide grants to life-affirming organizations offering essential services in the following areas: medical attention for the woman and the unborn child, nutritional services, housing assistance, adoption services, education and employment assistance, child care assistance, and parenting education and support services.
The program has already served 12,000 women in its first two years.
These numbers are more evidence of the effectiveness of Positive Alternatives, and MCCL is pleased with the results, Minnesota Citizens for Life director Scott Fischbach told LifeNews.com today.
Positive Alternatives is working. Fewer low-income pregnant women now believe that abortion is their only option. However, the enormous number of abortions remains a tragedy," the state pro-life leader said.
Even as fewer abortions are performed on low-income women, Planned Parenthood manages to increase this part of its business, MCCL notes.
Its 6 percent increase in 2008 is part of a 140 percent increase since 2000, demonstrating what MCCL says is a concerted effort to target poor state residents.
It is long past time for Planned Parenthood to end its exploitation of low-income and minority women, Fischbach said.
Minnesota taxpayers have been required to fund elective abortions since the Minnesota Supreme Courts 1995 Doe v. Gomez ruling. In that decision, the Court created a state right to abortion on demand and obligated all taxpayers to fund abortions. Taxpayers paid for 29 percent of all abortions performed in Minnesota in 2008.
Since the Doe v. Gomez ruling, taxpayers have paid $15,632,551 for a total of 50,869 abortion procedure claims. Prior to the court decision, taxpayers were charged about $7,000 per year for just 23 abortions.
Polls continue to show that most Minnesotans and most Americans are opposed to taxpayer funded abortions, yet they continue to be forced to pay for them, Fischbach said.
MCCL is working to pass a ban on taxpayer funded abortion, H.F. 1059 / S.F. 906, authored by Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, and Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan.
Related web sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org
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