Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota is a multi-state affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Founded in 1968, it is based in St. Paul, Minnesota. It has 19 locations – 17 of which are located in Minnesota, and one in each South Dakota and North Dakota.  It launched a political advocacy arm in 1992 known as Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund, and has other advocacy partners. 
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota announced a merger with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in 2018. The new organization is called Planned Parenthood North Central States.  The Planned Parenthood affiliates formally joined under the new banner on January 1, 2019. 
Centers and Services
Seventeen of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota’s centers are located in Minnesota; there a further one each in Fargo/Moorhead, North Dakota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 
Abortions are offered at two Minnesota locations, one in Rochester and one in St. Paul. All locations offer STD-related services, HIV testing, the morning-after pill, birth control, and pregnancy testing, and the centers which do not conduct abortions refer for them.
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota also promotes an app for remote orders for UTI tests and birth control. 
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota raised $18,888,507 in 2014 and $40,857,062 in 2015. The organization spent $20,148,550 in 2014 and $84,678,080 in 2015. Its total assets were $64,026,711 at the end of 2014 and $14,356,119 at the end of 2015. 
In 2017, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota received $2,720,000 from the federal Department of Health & Human Services for Title X services. It received $2,684,000 in 2018. 
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota received over $2 million from state and county agencies. Its 2018 and 2017 totals were, respectively:
- From the Minnesota Family Planning Special Projects — $1,761,623 and $1,662,833.
- From the Minnesota County Social Service Departments — $315,477 and $91,385.
- From the Minnesota Department of Health – Eliminating Health Disparities Grant — $206,851 and $246,357.
- From MNSure Consumer Assistance Grant — $73,899 and $114,642.
- From North Dakota State University, grants totaling $178,239 and $180,231.
According to its 2017/2018 annual report, the organization brought in $53,979,224 and spent $45,992,610. Its total assets were $79,869,492. 
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has engaged in significant advocacy for its policy preferences. It has also filed a number of lawsuits against pro-life provisions.
The organization backed Minnesota lawmakers’ efforts to require “comprehensive sexual education.” According to a bill introduced in February 2019, the “medically accurate instruction” must include a host of subjects such as “human anatomy, reproduction, and sexual development,” “consent, bodily autonomy, and healthy relationships,” and “relations involving diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.” Charter schools and school districts must create a program for elementary-aged students. 
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota backed this measure and noted that it “is the largest provider of comprehensive sex education” in the state of Minnesota. Its programs include birth control, STD awareness, and consent, among other components. 
Spokespersons for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota advocated for its “comprehensive” approach to sexual education in light of data showing that North Dakota’s teen pregnancy rate reduction has been slower than other states. Advocates for this approach argue that contraception is a significant part of the solution, and that “abstinence-only” education programs don’t work. 
Planned Parenthood is not allowed to provide sexual education in schools in North Dakota, according to a report in West Fargo Pioneer.  Advocates for North Dakota’s current sexual education curriculum say data supports abstinence-only education, not Planned Parenthood’s preferred sexual education – which includes abortion. 
Planned Parenthood’s national sexual education programs have drawn criticism for not being age-appropriate and for focusing on dangerous sexual practices. The pro-life group Live Action recorded videos of Planned Parenthood instructors discussing BDSM and whipping as appropriate for high school students if the students desired such activity.
Planned Parenthood has also prioritized LGBT-oriented sexual education in its programs. 
In 2006, South Dakota lawmakers backed a law banning abortions except for the life of the mother across the state and punishing abortionists with fines and imprisonment. Voters overturned that law via a state referendum which was launched by abortion supporters. 
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota President Sarah Stoesz backed the referendum. 
Stoesz also leads the group’s Action Fund. In February 2019, she called the Trump administration’s regulatory rule to deny tens of millions of dollars in Title X funding to groups which provide or refer for abortions “insidious,” and said the administration was engaging in “a direct attack on the health of our state and our country.” 
In January 2019, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota issued a statement against a Minnesota bill which would require abortionists to provide women the opportunity to view an ultrasound of their unborn child prior to abortion. The Star Tribune reports that a similar bill previously passed the state legislature but was vetoed by Democratic Governor Mark Dayton. 
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has engaged in a number of lawsuits against North Dakota and South Dakota over pro-life provisions which the states have enacted. In 2002, the group – known at the time as Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and South Dakota – sued South Dakota over laws which made abortions after 12 weeks’ gestation a felony for abortionists.  That law was overturned. 
After the group sued North Dakota over a 2005 law which required abortionists to provide information to women seeking abortions, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012 upheld a provision of the law which required information about the suicide risks of abortion. 
The American Civil Liberties Union joined Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota in suing South Dakota in 2011 over a law which required women seeking abortion to confirm that they have received counseling at a pro-life pregnancy resource center and which requires a 72-hour delay in getting an abortion after first consulting with a doctor about an abortion. The law also required the doctor to get the women’s confirmation in writing that she went to the pregnancy resource center.  South Dakota did not appeal the law after a judge ruled it was unconstitutional. 
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota was not involved in a lawsuit which led to the overturning of a North Dakota law banning most abortions after six weeks’ gestation.  However, the group’s Action Fund opposed a 2018 bill in Minnesota which would enact the same ban. 
Sarah Stoesz is president of both Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and its advocacy arm. In 2018, she was on the search committee for Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s new president after Cecile Richards announced that she was stepping down. 
Stoesz made over $460,000 in 2015. Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kaiser made over $300,000 that year, as did Chief Operating Officer Cindy Kaiser. Medical Director Carol Ball earned the most of the organization’s leadership, at over $480,000.