161. That’s the number of babies saved in Indiana last year from abortion compared to the number of unborn children who lost their lives due to abortion the year before.
Indiana Right to Life today shared the good news with LifeNews.com — coming from a report by the Indiana State Department of Health, which also shows the abortion rate continues to decline in Indiana.
In 2015, there were 7,957 abortions, compared to 8,118 in 2014. Abortions have declined in Indiana for seven consecutive years. Indiana’s all-time high number of abortions was 16,505 in 1980.
The report shows that chemical abortions, the dangerous drug combination of Mifepristone and Misoprostol that kills unborn children and has injured thousands of women, continues to increase. In 2015, the abortion pill accounted for 27.9 percent of abortion procedures. Other procedures used in Indiana in 2015 were dilation and evacuation (19 abortions) and suction curettage (5,713 abortions).
Sue Swayze, Indiana Right to Life Vice President for Public Affairs, said the good news in the abortion decline shows that Goernor Mike Pence, tapped to become Donald Trump’s vice-presidential running mate, has been a good positive pro-life influence for the state and that Hoosier babies are alive today because of the pro-life legislation Pence signed into law.
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“If John Gregg was governor today, we would be looking at a much different trend over the last three years,” she told LifeNews. “The fact is, Gov. Pence’s pro-life administration has promoted life over abortion, leading to another year of declining abortion numbers in Indiana. Gov. Pence’s Real Alternatives program offers compassionate care at pregnancy resource centers to women in challenging situations. Indiana is a decidedly pro-life state because we have leaders willing to fight for alternatives to abortion.”
Although saving 161 babies from abortion is great news, Sqayze acknowledges there is much more work to be done.
“We will keep fighting for the right to life until no more babies lose their lives through abortion. The new state report indicates that 7,957 children never took their first breath and 7,957 women were sold the lie of the abortion industry. We mourn for both the lives lost and the women whose lives will never be the same. Abortion hurts both women and children,” she said.
The full state report is available at: www.in.gov/isdh/files/2015%20TP%20Report.pdf