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7/1/2016 

CONTACT: Jen Aulwes

651.755.9557

 

July 1, 2016 – The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released its annual induced abortion report today, showing a continuing downward trend in the total number of induced abortions each year in the state. MDH reports that there were 9,861 induced abortions in Minnesota in 2015, down from 10,123 in 2014, which represents a 2.5% decrease in the number of abortions. Induced abortions in Minnesota have steadily declined in the last decade. The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS). 

“The number of abortions in Minnesota continues to decline and that tells us that access to birth control and sex education is working. 

“Planned Parenthood works every day to make sure women and young people in our state have access to birth control and medically accurate information about their health so they can make informed decisions. 

“This data underscores the importance of public funding for family planning and ensuring access to safety net providers like Planned Parenthood. It should be a clear message to lawmakers that pursuing an agenda to make birth control and Planned Parenthood less available to Minnesotans is wrongheaded. Planned Parenthood will continue protecting women’s access to birth control – even in the face of political opposition.” 

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For more than 85 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 19 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.

Visit us on the web at www.ppmns.org

 

Source

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

Published

July 01, 2016

Updated

July 05, 2016