'Judicial activism' tagged as culprit behind higher abortion numbers

'Judicial activism' tagged as culprit behind higher abortion numbers

'Judicial activism' tagged as culprit behind higher abortion numbers

Data clearly show the Hoosier State has become a "destination state" for abortion – and a pro-life leader in that state is blaming the courts in part for that.

The Indiana Department of Health has released stats on abortions in 2022 – or, as the state prefers to label it: "terminated pregnancies." Roughly 80% of the abortions were performed on residents of Indiana; the remainder were performed on out-of-state residents – most of whom traveled in from Kentucky and Ohio.

Practically all the 9,529 abortions in the state last year occurred at 13 weeks' gestation or earlier (two-thirds were done during weeks 2-8 of gestation); and slightly more than half were "non-surgical" – i.e., chemical abortions.

While the state's report only addresses abortion statistics going back to 2018, Mike Fichter – president and CEO of Indiana Right to Life – tells AFN child terminations were at the highest level in a decade.

"Indiana became an abortion destination state in the summer of 2022 – [and] we're extremely disappointed by this," he shares. "Not only did the number of abortions rise in Indiana but we also saw a 600% increase in reported abortion complications in Indiana, including one death that was reported in 2022."

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Fichter describes some of the complications on state records.

"Uterine perforation; incomplete abortions, which is a way of saying that parts of the baby were left inside the mother; cervical laceration [and] bleeding," he lists. "… And within these complications, the largest percentage of complications showing up on these reports is [the result of] abortion drugs."

National data show abortion drugs are four times more dangerous than a surgical abortion.

The pro-life spokesman also points out another factor: Indiana's law with strict protections for the unborn went into effect in 2022 – but only for one week, because the courts brought it to a halt. Had that law stayed in effect without court intervention, he says the stats would have been lower.