Fewer abortions were performed in Indiana in 2010 than in any other year in the past three decades.
In 2010, 1031 abortions were performed in the state, based on data from the Indiana State Department of Health. That’s a five percent drop from 2009 and the lowest the figure has been since 1977, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mike Fichter with Indiana Right to Life says state legislation and the work of crisis pregnancy centers that encourage abortion alternatives have contributed to the drop.
“The informed consent information that’s now being provided to women that was not being provided for years is particularly helpful especially provisions such as informing women about the ability to hear their babies heartbeat,” he says.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana says one of its primary goals is to prevent unwanted pregnancy, but in a statement it also says Indiana does a poor job offering resources to women who may not want to have children.
“Indiana is still 49th in the nation in terms of accessibility in family planning services and we are woefully behind the rest of the nation with regard to the teen birth rate,” the statement reads.
Based on analysis from the Guttmacher Institute—a national research organization that advocates for access to reproductive healthcare, Indiana falls in line with national trends for the rise and fall of its abortion rates. However, Indiana’s annual abortion rate is lower than the national average.