Report shows more women in Minnesota finding abortion alternativesAbortion numbers fell for the fourth straight year in Minnesota, according to the latest Abortion Report issued this week by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
Abortion numbers fell for the fourth straight year in Minnesota, according to the latest Abortion Report issued this week by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The decrease follows a trend of fewer abortions statewide since the Positive Alternatives program began in July 2006, funding efforts to help pregnant women in need.
Positive Alternatives is one of several pro-life legislative efforts by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) to offer women life-affirming alternatives to abortion and to significantly reduce the number of unborn babies aborted each year. Others include the Woman’s Right to Know informed consent law, and the parental notification law for minors considering abortion.
“Seeing abortion numbers fall is confirmation that MCCL’s efforts to educate and provide alternatives for women are working,” said MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach. “However, recent pro-life losses suffered at the Capitol, and Planned Parenthood’s massive abortion center set to open, do not bode well for the unborn or their mothers going forward.”
The annual Abortion Report shows a total of 11,505 abortions were performed in the state in 2010, more than 7 percent fewer than the previous year's 12,388 total. The 2010 total is the lowest number on record since 1975. Full reports for 2010 and prior years are available at the MDH website.
MCCL is Minnesota’s oldest and largest pro-life organization with more than 70,000 member families and 240 chapters across the state.