Indiana Abortions Drop for 5th Straight Year, Down 50% Since 1980

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 15, 2014   |   2:44PM   |   Indianapolis, IN

Indiana Right to Life informs LifeNews today that the number of abortions in Indiana is down again, thanks to pro-life laws and the hard work of educational and pregnancy center efforts.

IRTL says analysis of recently-released abortion figures for 2013 by the Indiana State Department of Health shows the abortion rate continues on a downward trend. In 2013, there were 8,027 abortions in Indiana, compared to 2012′s rate of 8,808, or an 8.9 percent drop.

indiana2The pro-life group explains that the abortion figures show that 2013 marked the fifth consecutive year of drops in the statewide abortion rate. Last year’s 8,027 abortions also mark a more than 50 percent drop in abortions since the all-time high of 16,505 abortions in 1980. Last year was the lowest number of abortions in Indiana since 1975, or one year after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide.

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“We are encouraged that the number of abortions in Indiana continues to drop, but we mourn the loss of 8,027 unborn boys and girls,” stated Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “We look forward to the day when the abortion rate is zero. Until then, we will continue to work with our partners in the pro-life community to provide positive alternatives for women facing unplanned or complicated pregnancies. Women don’t need to feel like abortion is their only option; thousands of Hoosiers are ready to provide support to both mother and child during pregnancy and after birth.”

In the prior report, abortions in Indiana were down 3.3 percent in 2012 from 2011.

The full state report is available at: