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Abortion rate rises for second consecutive year

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Abortion rate rises for second consecutive year

The number of abortions in Indiana rose by about 3.2% in 2018, the second consecutive year in which the tally went up.

According to the Terminated Pregnancy Report, compiled annually by the Indiana Department of Health using data provided by patients before their abortions, there were 8,037 abortions in 2018, up from 7,778 abortions the prior year.

Most of the 2018 abortions – 7,263 – were performed on Indiana residents.

The Department of Health report noted that in 2014, the total number of abortions performed in Indiana was 8,118. It went down the next two years, with 7,957 abortions in 2015 and 7,280 in 2016.

The vast majority of abortions in 2018 – more than 99 percent – occurred before the 14thweek of pregnancy. Only 32 abortions occurred later in pregnancy.

The report also showed that only 11 abortions used a late-term procedure such as dilation and evacuation. Earlier this year, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act 1211, which would ban second trimester dilation and extraction abortions. The ACLU along with Dr. Caitlin Bernard, one of two doctors in Indiana who perform that procedure, filed a lawsuit in late April against the state.

On July 1, U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker blocked the law, finding that it “imposes an ‘undue burden’ on a woman’s right to decide to have an abortion.”

Attorney General Curtis Hill said in a statement he expects to appeal the ruling.

The report also touches on the number of women who experience complications, saying that only 13 women experienced problems in which placental or fetal tissue were left in the uterus after the procedure.

The Indiana Department of Health declined comment, saying the agency simply reports the data and didn’t have anyone to speak on the analysis of the data.

Neither Right to Life Indiana nor Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky responded to requests for comment.

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