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Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Funds CPCs directly

Minnesota funds crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) directly through taxpayer funds.  The funding stream is established through a "Positive Abortion Alternatives" program, administered by the Department of Health.  In FY'14-FY'16 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 (July, 2014).

Refers women to CPCs

Minnesota law refers women to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). In connection with the state's 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 law's 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).

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