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On June 29, 2018, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released its annual induced abortion report, showing a very slight increase in the total number of induced abortions. MDH reports that there were 10,177 induced abortions in Minnesota in 2017, up from 9,953 in 2016, which represents a 2% increase. Generally, 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.

“The number of abortions in Minnesota rose very slightly in 2017 and that tells us that people still need more access to birth control and sex education. It is reckless and absurd that the Trump Administration intends to appoint a Supreme Court justice who opposes abortion while at the same time cutting funding for sex education and jeopardizing birth control for thousands of Minnesotans statewide.”

“Planned Parenthood works every day to make sure women, men and young people have access to birth control and medically accurate information about their health so they can make informed decisions and avoid unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

“This data underscores the importance of maintaining public funding for family planning services so Minnesotans can visit their local public health providers, like Planned Parenthood. Today’s report should be a clear message to lawmakers that pursuing a political agenda to make birth control and Planned Parenthood less available to Minnesotans is reckless and could actually increase the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions.”

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For more 90 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 68,000 women and men each year.

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