Press advisory: chemical abortions surge according to latest Indiana abortion statisitics

September 16, 2011

Indiana Right to Life is raising new concerns over the alarming growth of chemical abortions in Indiana in the wake of the latest posting of abortion statistics by the Indiana State Department of Health.  According to the ISDH’s Indiana Induced Termination of Pregnancy Report 2008, which represents the most recent official abortion statistics available for Indiana, chemical abortions increased by over 16% from 2007 to 2008, confirming fears that Planned Parenthood is more aggressively marketing chemical abortions in preparation for an expansion of the procedure to multiple areas of Indiana.       

The 2008 stats also reveal a slight overall increase of abortions by .3% from 2007 to 2008, largely due to an increase in abortions done in Marion and Monroe counties in Indiana.  Not surprisingly, Planned Parenthood is the sole abortion provider in Monroe County and does the majority of abortions done in Marion County. 

“Abortions are on the rise in Indiana and Planned Parenthood is the reason why,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter.  “These latest statistics underscore why Indiana should not send one dime of our public funds to Planned Parenthood.”

The 2008 Indiana statistics also reveal abortion’s devastating impact on the Indiana’s black community with a disproportionately high percentage of abortions, 29.8%, done on black women. 

“The trends here are clear to see.  Abortions are rising in the areas where Planned Parenthood dominates the market, chemical abortions are expanding, and the black community remains a target of Indiana’s abortion business,” notes Fichter. 

In spite of the negative trends, Indiana Right to Life is applauding an abortion rate reduction of over 7% in Fort Wayne as well as slight reductions in Lake and St. Joseph counties.

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