The number of recorded abortions taking place in Minnesota last year was 14,450, 118 more than in 1999. The report notes that only 57 abortionists were responsible for all these deaths. The reason women cited most often—by 5,608 women—was that they did not want children “at this time.’’ The next most common reasons given were economics and that the woman believed her emotional or physical health were at stake. AP reports that only 124 women said they were having the abortion because they were raped and six because they were victims of incest and one third of the women refused to answer the question.

Kaiser reports that the House Judiciary Subcommittee yesterday passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2001 (HR 2175), a measure that would classify an unborn child as a “legal human being” if it is “born alive at any stage of development” See a copy of the legislation:

Agape Press reports that a study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute of the approximately 1.37 million abortions that are performed in the United States each year, 37.4% are performed on Protestant women—approximately one-half (about 18%) of whom profess to be born-again believers or Evangelicals.

Attorney General John Ashcroft has directed the U.S. Marshals Service to provide backup protection for abortionists and their clinics during pro-life demonstration scheduled for Wichita Kansas.