State’s Abortion Rate Continues to Decline
INDIANAPOLIS – Recently published abortion data from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) 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.
The 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 continued, “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.”
The full state report is available here.
Editor’s note. This report was provided by Indiana Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.