Number of Abortions in Minnesota Drops to Lowest Level in More Than 35 Years


Jen Aulwes


Published: | Updated: 07.02.12

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released its annual induced abortion report today, which shows a continuing downward trend in the total number of induced abortions each year in the state. MDH reports that there were 11,071 induced abortions in Minnesota in 2011, down from 11,505 in 2010, which represents the lowest number of induced abortions in more than 35 years.


The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS).


“We see the decrease over the last year – coupled with the continuing decline over the last three decades – as very good news. We work every day to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and to keep women healthy – it’s 95 percent of the work we do here in Minnesota. We’re very pleased to see that our focus on prevention is playing a part in helping women in Minnesota plan their families.”


"In 2011, we provided more than 60,000 men, women and teens in our region with affordable, quality preventive health care such as cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, breast health services, and sexual health education. One in five women comes to us for health care because they know they will be cared for confidentially and compassionately, regardless of their ability to pay.”


“We remain vigilant in our efforts to protect women’s access to health care at the state and federal levels. If we want to continue to see good news for women and families, we need to protect against political efforts to undermine women’s access to health care.”


For more than 80 years, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has worked in our region to make sure all people have the information and the means to make free and responsible decisions about whether and when to have children.  Planned Parenthood operates 20 clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable family planning, reproductive health care services and education to nearly 64,000  women and men each year.

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