July 21, 2014 — For the fifth consecutive year, the number of abortions performed in Indiana has declined alongside state requirements "that have made it steadily more difficult for a woman to end her pregnancy," according to a report by the state Department of Health, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports.
Indiana in recent years has passed laws mandating that women undergo an ultrasound before an abortion, banning most abortion coverage in private health plans and requiring abortion clinics to undergo at least one unannounced inspection annually.
According to the state Department of Health, 1,000 fewer abortions occurred in 2013 than in 2011, a decrease of 12%. Since 2008, the number of abortions in Indiana has decreased by about 25%.
Elizabeth Nash, state issues manager for the Guttmacher Institute, said, "Indiana is really one of the most restrictive states in the country" in terms of abortion laws.
A state law that would require clinics that offer only medication abortions to adhere to the same standards as facilities that perform the surgical procedure was scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, but it is on hold after the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued and a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction (Wilson, AP/Indianapolis Star, 7/17).