Indiana Abortions at Lowest Rate Since 1976, Drop 40% Since 1980

State   Steven Ertelt   Jul 2, 2013   |   11:23AM    Indianapolis, IN

On the heels of news that Minnesota’s abortion numbers have fallen to their lowest levels since just after Roe v. Wade, Indiana has good news about its own abortion figures.

Indiana Right to Life has analyzed the abortion data that the Indiana State Department of Health released on June 28. The data shows that abortions in Indiana were down 3.3 percent in 2012 from 2011. In 2011, there were 9,112 abortions, but in 2012 there were 304 less, or 8,808 abortions.

The drop marks five consecutive years of decreasing numbers of abortions in the Hoosier state. Abortions have not been under 9,000 a year since 1976. Last year’s abortion total of 8,808 shows a 47 percent decrease since the all-time record number of abortions, 16,505, in 1980.

“We are encouraged by the falling abortion rate, but we recognize that much work remains to be done,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “A total of 8,808 abortions means that 8,808 little boys and girls didn’t get a chance to take their first breath. We will continue educating Hoosiers about the real implications of ending a preborn child’s life and about the positive alternatives that exist over abortion.”

Fichter said the abortion data also shows that chemical abortions continue to rise. From 2011 to 2012, the chemical abortion rate rose 7.8 percent. This data shows that 20 percent of abortions are done using the chemical process.

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Fichter commented, “We are troubled by the increase in chemical abortions. Great risks can exist for women choosing chemical abortions, especially if they are experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. With a fifth of all abortions occurring through the chemical process, we’re especially thankful that the General Assembly passed, and Gov. Pence signed, a bill allowing the State Department of Health to provide oversight to chemical abortion facilities.”

The full state report is available at: https://www.state.in.us/isdh/files/2012_induced_termination_of_pregnancy_report.pdf