State taxpayers reimbursed abortion providers for $1.1 million to cover 4,463 abortions in 2019, according to newly-released data from the Department of Human Services.
Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in Minnesota, received a record-setting $642,736 in Medicaid reimbursements for 2,791 abortions. The 2019 total of 4,463 taxpayer-funded abortions represents a 5% increase over 2018 and a 32% increase from 2013, according to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.
“Overall abortions in Minnesota have been level, yet tax-funded abortions keep rising as Planned Parenthood and others exploit the availability of this money to bolster their abortion numbers and revenue,” said MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach.
“Most people don’t support the use of their tax dollars for abortion. The destruction of unborn children isn’t a public good, and it’s not health care. Our lawmakers, governor, and courts must finally bring this harmful policy to an end,” he added.
Fischbach’s group said 2019 was the eighth-consecutive year of growth in the number of tax-funded abortions provided by Planned Parenthood.
Whole Woman’s Health received $275,948 for 1,126 abortions at its Twin Cities and Duluth locations.
The new numbers are consistent with an annual report released by Planned Parenthood in February, which said that the organization’s national abortion numbers hit a 15-year high.
Since the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Doe v. Gomez decision in 1995, state taxpayers have reimbursed abortion providers with roughly $27 million for more than 90,000 abortions, Alpha News reported. The 1995 ruling upheld a lower court’s decision to strike down a Minnesota law that prohibited Medicaid funding of abortions.
Republicans have introduced a bill in the Minnesota Legislature that could force the state’s high court to revisit its decision, Fischbach said. Democrats, however, are pursuing legislation that would codify abortion access in Minnesota law.
“Low-income women deserve real support, not ‘free’ abortions that enrich Planned Parenthood at taxpayer expense,” said Fischbach. “Tax-funded abortion is bad for unborn children, whose lives are taken, but it also harms women and the taxpayers who are forced to be part of this.”
A January Knights of Columbus/Marist poll found that 58% of Americans oppose the use of taxpayer money to fund abortions.