Report: Abortions Slightly Down In MN
The number of abortions performed in Minnesota has dropped again, according to figures released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Health. The report states that the number of abortions performed in Minnesota dropped from more than 11,000 in 2011 to about 10,700 in 2012.
The number of abortions involving Minnesota teenagers has fallen by almost half over the past five years, the annual report showed. The state recorded 1,229 abortions involving women 19 and younger last year, down from 2,137 in 2007. The decline in teen abortions was responsible for about half of that trend.
The Associated Press states that opponents and supporters of abortion rights agreed the report contained good news but disagreed on why the numbers are declining.
Pro Life groups say the decline indicates that more women are turning away from abortion and are choosing to give birth. Pro Choice groups say increased access to birth control pills for young women might explain why abortions are down but sex is up.