Minnesota Abortion Facts
State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.
Collective state abortion statistics are gathered privately by The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and federally by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Because of reporting lag, their most recent data is generally 2-3 years old. In most cases, state-level abortion facts are more current than the numbers reported by AGI or the CDC.
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Total Abortions (2015): 9,861
The Minnesota Department of Health reports that 9,861 abortions took place in Minnesota during 2015.
Total Abortions (2014): 10,123
The Minnesota Department of Health reports that 10,123 abortions took place in Minnesota during 2014.
SOURCE: Minnesota Department of Health
Total Abortions (2013): 9,904
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 9,904 abortions took place in Minnesota during 2013. The table below compares Minnesota abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2013): 12.5%
In 2013, 12.5% of pregnancies in Minnesota ended in abortion. This number does not take into account miscarriages. It was arrived at by dividing the state abortion ratio by the sum of the abortion ratio plus 1,000. The abortion ratio is the number of abortions that occurred per 1,000 lives births. The table below compares Minnesota abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2013): 8.8%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 8.8% of the abortions that took place in Minnesota were performed on out-of-state residents.
*Gestational weeks are measured from the first day of the woman's last menstruation and not from the day of conception. Though it does not provide an accurate fetal age (which is roughly 2 weeks less than the gestational age), it is the simplest way for an OB/GYN to age a pregnancy since the day of conception is often not known. Hence, if an abortion occurs at 8 weeks gestation, it is actually aborting a 6 week embryo. The images on our Prenatal Development and Abortion Pictures pages are more precisely captioned with fetal ages in accordance with standard teaching texts on prenatal development.
**U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Total Abortions (2011): 11,140
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 11,140 abortions took place in Minnesota during 2011. In 2008, there were 13,060 abortions reported—compared with 13,910 in 2005.
Total Abortions Rank (2011): #22
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Minnesota's 2011 abortion total places it at number 22 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the most abortions and #51 is the state or district with the fewest).
Abortion Rate* (2011): 10.7
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for Minnesota was 10.7. In 2008, the abortion rate in Minnesota was 12.7. It was 12.7 in 2005 and 13.5 in 2000. The 2011 abortion rate across the entire United States was 16.9.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
Abortion Rate Rank (2011): #33
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Minnesota's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 33 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the highest abortion rate and #51 is the state or district with the lowest).
Percentage of Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2011): 12%
In 2011, 94,300 women in Minnesota became pregnant. 73% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 12% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 15
In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 15 abortion providers in Minnesota. There were 14 providers in 2008, 11 providers in 2005, and 11 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 24 hours before the abortion takes place.
- The parent of a minor must be notified before an abortion can take place.