In Brief

Indiana abortions jumped to multi-year high in 2021

By: - July 1, 2022 4:16 pm

Hoosiers protest coming abortion restrictions (Photo by Whitney Downard of Indiana Capital Chronicle)

Indiana recorded more than 8,400 abortions in 2021 – the most since at least 2014, according to a state Department of Health report released Friday. The tabulation comes as Indiana lawmakers prepare for a weeks-long special legislative session this month, which will likely narrow access to abortion.

Almost 57% of those procedures took place between six and eight weeks of gestation, while nearly 99% of those abortions occurred at or before 13 weeks, according to the report.

Close to 70% of those receiving an abortion had never had one prior, and about 63% already had one or more children. More than 86% weren’t married.

Nearly half were white, and just over a third were Black. Nearly all had at least a high school diploma or an equivalent.

“It’s heartbreaking to see 658 more babies aborted in Indiana in 2021 versus 2020 — and really stresses the urgency for Hoosiers to come together with love and compassion in the special session to protect unborn babies and support and care for their mothers,” said Indiana Right to Life President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Fichter in a news release Friday.

The anti-abortion organization noted that, in particular, non-surgical abortions done with medications Mifepristone and Misoprostol were on the rise. It wants Indiana legislators to take action on that type of procedure during the upcoming special session, which effectively begins July 25.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Nearly three-quarters of the procedures were performed in Marion County, Indiana’s most populous.

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Leslie Bonilla Muñiz
Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie covers state government for the Indiana Capital Chronicle with emphases on elections, infrastructure and transportation. She previously covered city-county government for the Indianapolis Business Journal. She has also reported on local, national and international news for the Chicago Tribune, Voice of America and more. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

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