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State Report: Abortions Increase, Especially Among Teens

July 6, 2007

A new report by the state Health Department finds that, after reaching a 30-year low, abortions increased last year, especially among girls under 18. Brigid Riley with the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting says a one-year change may not indicate a trend, but it's cause for concern.

“We really need to make a commitment to ensuring that young people get the information that they need to make important life decisions. We also need to make a public commitment to family planning services.”

State officials say there were over 14,000 abortions in Minnesota last year, an increase of 700. Riley notes the legislature approved over two million dollars in extra family-planning funds, which became available this month. She says that could reduce abortions over the next year.

“We have to make a public commitment to supporting family planning services and supporting clinics for low-income families. And, parents have to talk to their children about sex and about sexual health in order to prevent pregnancies in the first place.”

The report finds a 5 percent increase in abortions over the past year, 15 percent among teens.

Riley cautions that teen pregnancy can change a life forever.

“So many young women aren't able to finish school once they become mothers. And, there are lifelong implications for their children as well, in terms of health and school readiness and all kinds of social issues.”

She says it also affects a mother's ability to get a good-paying job and reach her life goals.

The report is online at

Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN