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Read the Minnesota Women's Press story about the UnRestrict MN campaign 

Consider These Talking Points

• Data in 2014 indicated that 75 percent of abortion care was to low-income patients, who are most likely to struggle with unintended pregnancies.
• There are four abortion clinics in Minnesota — one in Duluth, and three in the Twin Cities — down from seven a few years ago. The majority of Minnesotans live in counties that do not have local abortion care.
• State law dictates that fetal tissue from a miscarriage or abortion be cremated or buried. This is not standard medical or public health protocol. This adds cost and might go against the wishes or beliefs of the patient.

Guttmacher Institute Research Says

For a pregnant person who is already struggling to get by, the cost of an abortion may be more than they can afford. The average amount paid for an abortion at 10 weeks gestation was $480 in 2011–2012. The University of California, San Francisco Turnaway Study — a five-year longitudinal study of roughly 1,000 patients seeking abortion care at 30 facilities across the U.S. — found that for more than half of patients who received an abortion, their out-of-pocket costs (for the procedure, as well as for travel and hotel, if needed) were equivalent to more than one-third of their monthly personal income.

Source: 2016 Guttmacher Institute research report, “Abortion in the Lives of Women Struggling Financially: Why Insurance Coverage Matters” 

Visit to read other reports such as:

• “Characteristics of U.S. Abortion Patients in 2014 and Changes Since 2008”
• “New Clarity for the U.S. Abortion Debate: A Steep Drop in Unintended Pregnancy
Is Driving Recent Abortion Declines”
• “In Real Life: Federal Restrictions on Abortion Coverage and the Women They Impact”

From Scientific American In the 1950s and 1960s, between 200,000 and 1.2 million women underwent illegal abortions each year in the U.S., many in unsafe conditions. Source: “Lessons From Before Abortion Was Legal,” September 2017

Recommended Books

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights,” by Katha Pollitt

Handbook for a Post-Roe America,” by Robin Marty

Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice,” by Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross, Elena Gutiérrez