61 Babies Saved From Abortion in Indiana as Abortions Drop for Sixth Consecutive Year

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 13, 2015   |   10:47AM   |   Indianapolis, IN

Abortions continue to fall in Indiana as 61 more babies were saved from abortion in 2014 compared with 2013 — a number that is likely to increase as one abortion practitioner who has been charged with failing to report statutory rapes closes his abortion clinics.

New abortion data published by the Indiana State Department of Health for 2014 shows that Indiana’s abortion rate continues to decline. In 2014, there were 61 fewer abortions, or 8,118, compared to 8,179 abortions in 2013.

Abortions have declined in Indiana for six consecutive years. Last year’s 8,118 abortions are more than half of Indiana’s all-time high number of 16,505 abortions in 1980.

Although the decline is good news, an increasing percentage of abortions now involve the dangerous RU 486 or misprision abortion drug as opposed to the more common form of surgical abortions.

According to Indiana right to Life, which released the information to LifeNews.com, the state health department data shows that Indiana abortion facilities are rapidly increasing the selling of chemical abortions that utilize Mifepristone and Misoprostol. In 2012, the drug combination was reported for 1.8 percent of abortions, but in 2014, it accounted for 26.7 percent of abortions. Other procedures used in Indiana were dilation and evacuation (27 abortions) and suction curettage (5,926 abortions).

“We’re pleased that the Indiana abortion rate continues to decline, but we have more work to do to raise awareness of the positive alternatives to abortion,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “This new abortion data is more than just numbers; these 8,118 abortions represent 8,118 little boys and girls who will not celebrate their birthday and 8,118 women who are now dealing with the effects of abortion.”

Fichter told LifeNews: “We are concerned with the growing number of chemical abortions. Women have reported horrific experiences with a chemical abortion and the Food and Drug Administration have reported serious complications and deaths. We are committed to ensuring that abortion facilities in Indiana are held to the highest medical and safety standards so that women’s health is not compromised.”

Last month, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board denied abrotionist Ulrich Klopfer’s motion for summary judgment, propelling the case forward. Klopfer faces an administrative licensing complaint by Indiana Attorney General’s office of 1,833 alleged abortion violations. The Indiana abortionist failed to properly report the rapes of two 13-year-old girls to authorities in a timely manner and ran a dilapidated abortion clinic.

Klopfer’s 1,833 alleged violations stem from recording keeping and advice and consent law errors he made while doing abortions in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne. According to the alleged violations in the Attorney General’s complaint, Klopfer submitted 1,818 termination of pregnancy reports with missing or incorrect information.

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He failed to submit two termination of pregnancy reports on time for 13-year-old girls. Six times, he failed to ensure informed and voluntary consent was obtained through appropriate counselors. Finally, he failed to obtain informed and voluntary consent for seven patients at least 18-hours prior to the abortion procedure.

Pro-life groups are pleased that the medical board denied Klopfer’s request to dismiss the case.

The full state report is available at: https://in.gov/isdh/files/2014_TP_Report_7.1.15_FINAL.pdf.