Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Quick Facts about Abortion in Minnesota in 2008

One of the great privileges of my life is serving on the board of the Abba Pregnancy Resource Center in Elk River, Minnesota. Yesterday the Director of the Center, Amber, sent us the following quick facts about abortions in the state of Minnesota in 2008. Please read these carefully and join me in prayer that the day will come when abortion is as unthinkable as genocide.

Quick facts about the abortions performed in Minnesota in 2008:
12,948 abortions were performed — an average of 35 every single day.
30% of the abortions were paid for with taxpayer funds.
30% of the abortions were performed by Planned Parenthood — more than any other provider.
17% of the abortions used the dangerous and sometimes lethal RU486 abortion drug.
5% of the abortions were performed on women under age 18.
43% of the abortions were performed on women ages 18 to 24.

Abortion as birth control:
41% of the women reported that they had at least one previous abortion.
923 of the women reported that they had three or more previous abortions.
22 of the women reported that they had nine or more previous abortions.

Abortion complications:
20 complications were reported by women at the time of the abortion, including cervical laceration and hemorrhage.
132 complications have been reported by women after leaving the abortion provider, including hemorrhage, infection requiring hospitalization and incomplete abortion.

Reasons given for abortions:
33% of the women reported “Economic reasons.”
72% of the women reported “Does not want children at this time.”
> 1% of the women reported that the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest.

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