Indiana Right to Life President Mike Fichter today thanked Gov. Mitch Daniels for his pro-life efforts during his term as governor. Daniels, who upset pro-life advocates by saying pro-life issues should be downplayed, nonetheless compiled a strong pro-life record during his time in office.
“We give Gov. Daniels our thanks as he concludes his governorship of Indiana,” said Fichter. “During Gov. Daniels’ time in office, the Indiana abortion rate has dropped nearly 15 percent. We know there are Hoosier children alive today because of the pro-life policies enacted under the Daniels administration.
Fichter told LifeNews: “The most significant pro-life advance during Gov. Daniels’ term came in 2011 when a comprehensive pro-life bill passed the Indiana General Assembly and received the governor’s signature. That historic legislation included improvements to the type of information given to women seeking abortions, required abortion doctors to have local hospital admitting privileges and defunded Indiana’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.”
He added: “Gov. Daniels also deserves recognition for resisting pro-abortion Obamacare from taking effect in Indiana. In November, Gov. Daniels notified the federal government of incoming Gov.-elect Mike Pence’s opposition to a state-run health insurance exchange. We thank Gov. Daniels for his role in opposing Obamacare.
“Indiana is now nationally recognized as one of the top 10 pro-life states in the country, and other states are following our lead. We thank Gov. Daniels for serving Indiana and we wish him the best in future endeavors,” Fichter concluded.
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Abortions in the state of Indiana dropped five percent in 2010, according to the most recent report from the state health department, which puts them at their lowest levels since 1977.
Newly-released abortion data from the Indiana State Department of Health reveals Indiana’s abortion rate dropped to a 33-year low in 2010 as a result of a 5% drop in abortions from 2009 to 2010. There were 10,031 unborn children victimized by abortions in 2010, a decrease of 526 from the previous year.
The statistics are included in the Indiana Induced Termination of Pregnancy Report for 2010 and are the most current available for Indiana. They reveal Indiana’s abortion rate has now dropped over 8% since 2008 and has fallen nearly 40% from Indiana’s highest annual abortion rate of 16,505 in 1980.