The number of abortions in Minnesota fell by 3 percent in 2012 from the year before, but NRO contributor Michael J. New highlights a wider, more promising trend the Land of 10,000 Lakes has seen over the last decade. At CatholicVote.org, New explains that abortion has fallen by nearly a quarter since 2003 because of legislation passed under former Republican governor Tim Pawlenty.
For example, in 2003, Pawlenty signed a informed-consent law that allowed women the opportunity to see color photos of the child’s fetal development prior to an abortion, a law that resembled one upheld by the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Two years later, Pawlenty included $2.5 million to pregnancy resource centers in his budget.
When examining the decline in abortions, New encourages looking at the long-term trends, which provide “good evidence of both the impact of pro-life laws and the progress that the pro-life movement has made,” rather than looking just at immediate, year-to-year data.