Indiana Right to Life Issues Statement on State’s Third-Quarter Abortion Data

Audio Statement Included

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 2, 2023) – Indiana Right to Life President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Fichter issued the following statement today on the Indiana Department of Health’s third-quarter abortion data.

“Despite the abortion industry’s prior and incorrect guesses about terminated pregnancies in Indiana being at zero, today’s report reveals the truth. Abortions are still happening in Indiana, sadly with 764 in the third quarter of this year. But because of Indiana’s leadership in the Midwest as a community that supports pregnant moms and protects unborn babies, we are seeing the abortion rate greatly reduced from 698 in July to 14 in September. The new law that finally went into effect on Aug. 21 is doing what it was intended to do: Saving the lives of unborn babies by making abortion very rare, and only for those exceptions written into law.

The new law also safeguards Indiana from being an abortion-destination state — and these new numbers confirm that fact. Those states that welcome abortion on demand attract more to their communities than they may bargain for, including sex trafficking and a culture of coercing women into abortions — which is a silent issue that needs to be talked about. The many pregnancy resource centers throughout Indiana are often the unsung sources of support and hope for women who find themselves pressured toward abortion.

Indiana’s law actually helps to safeguard women from these exposures and the life-long trauma women suffer after abortion, and it strives to protect innocent unborn babies whose lives have immeasurable value.”

Audio statement available here.


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