According to the Indiana State Department of Health’s 2020 Terminated Pregnancy Report released on June 30, chemically induced abortions, for the first time, comprise the majority of abortions done in Indiana, accounting for 55 percent of all abortions done in the state. The report also reveals 119 more unborn children were killed by abortion in Indiana in 2020 as compared to 2019, an increase of 1.5 percent.
There were 7,756 total abortions done in Indiana in 2020 compared to 7,637 in 2019.
The 4,252 chemically induced abortions in 2020 represent a 25 percent increase compared to the 3,351 done in 2019.
Tragically, on the same day the state’s report revealed the major spike in chemically induced abortions, a new state law requiring that abortion-minded women be informed of the life-saving abortion pill reversal process was blocked by a federal judge from going into effect on July 1.
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“This heartbreaking rise in abortions is a reminder that abortion remains a big business in the state of Indiana,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “While we are saddened by this rise in abortions, our resolve to restore full legal protection for every child in the womb is undaunted.”
Fichter notes that judicial action blocking numerous Indiana laws is a prime factor in the abortion increase. Laws currently blocked in the federal courts include Indiana’s dismemberment abortion ban, parental notification, and abortion pill reversal. Court blockage of the Indiana law requiring that women be given the opportunity to view their baby’s ultrasound was not lifted until January 2021 following Planned Parenthood’s dropping of its suit against the law in 2020.
Abortion businesses reporting the largest percentage increase in abortions in 2020 include Whole Women’s Health in South Bend, Planned Parenthood in Lafayette, and Planned Parenthood in Merrillville. Abortions were also reported at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, Indiana University Health Methodist, and Indiana University Health Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, as well as Deaconess Women’s Hospital in Newburgh.