News ISDH report: Indiana abortion rate drops another 5% in 2010; lowest rate since 1977

May 30, 2012

Newly-released abortion data from the Indiana State Department of Health reveals that Indiana’s abortion rate dropped to a 33-year low in 2010 as a result of a 5% drop in abortions from 2009 to 2010. There were 10,031 unborn children aborted in 2010 which is 526 less than the previous year.   The statistics are the most current available from the ISDH.

Indiana’s abortion rate has now dropped over 8% since 2008 and has fallen nearly 40% from Indiana’s highest annual abortion rate of 16,505 in 1980.

While the overall abortion rate is dropping, the 2010 abortion statistics expose a startling rise in the use of chemical abortions in Indiana.   According to the 2010 statistics, chemical abortions climbed 35% between 2009 and 2010 accounting for 1,968 abortions. This marks an accelerated spike in chemical abortion rates that have more than doubled since 2005.  Nearly one in five abortions in Indiana is now chemically-induced.

“We are pleased that Indiana’s abortion rate continues to fall, but at the same time we know that it’s not falling fast enough for the over ten thousand children who are still dismembered in Indiana abortion clinics and discarded with surgical waste each year,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter.  “We are shocked by the rapid increase in the use of chemical abortifacients that are largely unregulated.  This as an alarming trend that the Indiana legislature must address.”

Fichter believes the decline in Indiana’s abortion rate is due to a variety of factors, including pro-life policies passed by the Indiana legislature, expanded efforts by Indiana crisis pregnancy centers to provide alternatives to abortion, and a growing awareness of the humanity of the unborn child through technology such as ultrasound. In addition, high school and college students are coming to the pro-life movement in unprecedented numbers and are helping abortion-vulnerable peers to choose life when experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Fichter also notes that the full impact of the sweeping pro-life provisions passed by the Indiana legislature in 2011 will not be reflected in Indiana statistics until the 2012 data is reported.

“We’re on the right track in Indiana,” says Fichter.  “This most recent decline will energize and motive Indiana’s pro-life community to work even harder to bring about the day when abortion is a sad and tragic memory of the past.”

Gregg selects pro-abortion Vi Simpson as running mate

May 22, 2012

Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg officially announced today that he has selected Vi Simpson of Bloomington to run for lieutenant governor on the Democrat ticket.  Simpson, who is widely recognized as one of the most strident abortion supporters in the Indiana legislature, has compiled a 6% voting record on pro-life legislation during her time in the Senate.

In 1997, Simpson was one of only a handful of Indiana legislators who voted against a ban on the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure that involves plunging surgical scissors into the base of the skull of a fully-alive baby that is removed from the birth canal except for the head.

Simpson has also voted against informed consent for women considering abortion, against requiring that women be informed about the availability of ultrasound imaging, against requiring licensing and inspection standards for Indiana abortion clinics, against a ban on public facilities and employees doing abortions, and the list goes on.
In 1993, Simpson was also one of a handful of legislators voting against a ban on assisted suicide.

“Vi Simpson is a proponent of unrestricted abortion for the full nine months of pregnancy, and even up to the process of birth as in the sickening partial-birth abortion procedure ,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “Mr. Gregg could not have selected a more radical running mate than Vi Simpson.”

 

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Pence selects pro-life Sue Ellspermann as running mate

May 21, 2012

Indiana gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence officially announced today that he has selected Sue Ellspermann of Ferdinand to run for lieutenant governor.   As a freshman member of the Indiana legislature, Ellspermann has compiled a 100% pro-life voting record including support for the historic pro-life gains in the 2011 legislature.

In 2011,  Ellspermann was spotlighted by World magazine as an example of the new wave of pro-life women entering the policy arena.

“Sue Ellspermann is a solid pro-life voice who is already established as a leader on life issues at the Statehouse,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “Her energetic and enthusiastic support for advancing pro-life policies in Indiana is appreciated, and we look forward to the perspective she will bring to communities across Indiana during this important election cycle.” 

Ellspermann holds a bachelor’s degree and a PhD in industrial engineering from Purdue and the University of Louisville. Ellspermann founded her own consulting business, which she ran for 20 years before joining the University of Southern Indiana in 2006 as the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development.
   
 

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