Indiana Abortions Drop 8.5% as 680 More Babies Saved From Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 6, 2017   |   10:42AM   |   Indianapolis, IN

New data from the Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) annual abortion report shows that Indiana’s 2016 abortion rate dropped 8.5 percent from 2015. In 2016, there were 7,277 abortions, compared to 7,957 abortions in 2015. Indiana’s abortion rate has declined for eight consecutive years.

An analysis of the report by Indiana Right to Life found:

  • Planned Parenthood continues to increase its abortion numbers and its market share of Indiana’s abortion industry. While the abortion rate declined nationally and in Indiana, Planned Parenthood did 1.3 percent more abortions in 2016 than in 2015. Planned Parenthood did 73 percent of all 2016 abortions in Indiana. Planned Parenthood in Bloomington increased its abortions in 2016 by 23.6 percent, compared with 2015 abortion numbers at the same facility.
  • Chemical abortions procedures, a drug combination of Mifepristone and Misoprostol, decreased in 2016 from 2015. In 2016, chemical abortions accounted for 26 percent of abortion procedures, or 1,919 abortions. The most common procedure type in 2016 was suction curettage at 5,327 procedures, or 73 percent.
  • 2016 was the first year since 1978 that Women’s Pavilion in St. Joseph County did no abortions. Women’s Pavilion’s longtime abortion operator, Ulrich Klopfer, suspended abortions in 2015 following violations and had his medical license indefinitely suspended in 2016.
  • The abortion rate in Indiana has dropped for eight consecutive years. Abortions have dropped more than 33 percent since 2008; there were 3,642 fewer abortions in 2016 than in 2008. Indiana’s all-time high number of abortions was 16,505 in 1980.

“The pro-life policies set forth by then-Gov. Mike Pence and pro-life leaders in the General Assembly made a life over death difference for Hoosier women and children in 2016,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Indiana’s informed consent laws, including a 2016 private counseling provision in the Dignity for the Unborn law, are giving women accurate information about human development and abortion risks, and resources available for parenting and adoption. Real Alternatives, Indiana’s pregnancy and parenting support services program established by then-Gov. Pence, is empowering women to choose life.

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“We project abortion numbers would have dropped even further if the ban on abortions because of the child’s gender, race or disability in the 2016 Dignity for the Unborn law had taken effect. Even though Planned Parenthood has temporarily blocked that ban in the courts, we believe the public discussion on civil rights protections has shown the humanity of the unborn and led women to choose life. Former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill have aggressively fought the court challenges by Planned Parenthood and we predict Indiana’s common-sense abortion laws will eventually be allowed to stand.

“The closure of Women’s Pavilion in South Bend, Ind. helped to bring Indiana’s abortion numbers down. That closure was the direct result of state officials enforcing health and safety regulations on the books and watchdogs ensuring women’s health was not compromised by an abortion doctor more concerned with profit than safety. Indiana Right to Life will continue to ensure all abortion facilities and doctors are following Indiana’s abortion laws.

“The 2016 abortion data also confirms that Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky remains focused on abortion. The abortion rate has dropped nationally and in Indiana, yet Planned Parenthood has found a way to convince more women to end their pregnancies in 2016 than in 2015. All procedures at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky have drastically dropped over the last decade, except abortions, which continue to rise.

“Indiana Right to Life remains committed to our mission to end abortion. Last year 7,277 women in Indiana turned to abortion. That is 7,277 too many. We will continue to promote life through education and positive alternatives to abortions so that every child is given a birthday.”

The ISDH report is available here.