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Minnesota Abortion Facts

State abortion stats by rate, rank, total, age, gestation, and procedure type.

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 a few years old. In most cases, state-level abortion facts are more current than the numbers reported by AGI or the CDC. Click on the state names below for the most current abortion statistics available. Also remember that three states (California, Maryland, and New Hampshire) did not provide abortion data to the federal government for the last reporting period, and AGI (the research arm of Planned Parenthood) openly advocates abortion.

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STATE-LEVEL DATA (Minnesota)

Total Abortions (2012): 10,701

The Minnesota Department of Health reports that 10,701 abortions took place in Minnesota during 2012.

Total Abortions (2011): 11,071

The Minnesota Department of Health reports that 11,071 abortions took place in Minnesota during 2011.

SOURCE: Minnesota Department of Health


CDC DATA (Minnesota)

Total Abortions (2010): 11,505

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 11,505 abortions took place in Minnesota during 2010. The table below compares Minnesota abortion totals by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
11,505 12,388 12,948 13,843 14,065 13,362 13,791 14,091 14,187

Abortion Rate (2010): 11.0

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the 2010 abortion rate for Minnesota was 11.0. The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. Among reporting states and districts, the nationwide abortion rate for 2010 was 14.6. The table below compares Minnesota abortion rates by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
11.0 11.8 13.1 12.3 13.2 12 13 13 13

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2010): 8.1%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 8.1% of the 11,505 abortions that took place in Minnesota were performed on out-of-state residents.

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Known Age (2010):

<15 yrs 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 ≥40 yrs
Minnesota 0.4% 12.5% 34.1% 25.2% 15.6% 8.7% 3.6%
United States 0.5% 14.6% 32.9% 24.5% 15.3% 8.9% 3.4%

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Weeks of Gestation* (2010):

≤8 wks* 9-13 wks* 14-15 wks* 16-17 wks* 18-20 wks* ≥21 wks*
Minnesota 65.2% 25.8% 3.3% 2.1% 2.9% 0.6%
United States 65.9% 26.0% 3.3% 1.8% 1.8% 1.2%

*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.

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Procedure Type* (2010):

Curettage Medical Intrauterine Instillation Other
Minnesota 79.1% 20.9% 0.1% 0%
United States 80.5% 17.8% 0% 1.9%

*To learn more about how various abortion procedures are performed, visit our Abortion Techniques page.

SOURCE: Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2010


AGI DATA (Minnesota)

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.

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.

Abortion Restrictions (2014):

  • The parents of a minor must be notified before an abortion is provided.
  • A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.

SOURCE: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/sfaa/minnesota.html

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