Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Minnesota funds crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) directly through taxpayer funds. The funding stream is established through a aPositive Abortion Alternativesa program, administered by the Department of Health. In FYa14-FYa16 CPCs are eligible to receive a total of $2.6 million through this funding stream. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 145.4235 (Enacted, 2005; Last Amended, 2012); Minnesota Department of Health, Positive Alternatives Grant Program 2014-2016 Grant Recipients, available at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/paa/grantprogram.cfm (July, 2014).
Minnesota law refers women to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). In connection with the stateas biased-counseling and mandatory-delay law, when a woman tells a health-care provider she is considering abortion, the provider must give her a state-maintained list of facilities that will satisfy the lawas mandate. CPCs are included on the list without disclaimer of their biased nature and are not distinguished from legitimate health centers. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 145.4243 (Enacted, 2003).