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State health report shows Indiana abortion tally grew 6.8 percent in 2017

State health report shows Indiana abortion tally grew 6.8 percent in 2017

2017 Terminated Pregnancy Report cover

INDIANAPOLIS — The number of abortions performed last year in Indiana grew 6.8 percent compared to 2016, according to an annual report compiled by the State Department of Health.

The 2017 Terminated Pregnancy Report shows 7,778 women had an abortion in Indiana, up from 7,280 last year, a difference of 498 and the first increase in the state's abortion tally since 2008.

Hoosier women, coming from 91 of the state's 92 counties, accounted for 7,172 abortions, or 92.2 percent. Residents of other states obtained 606 abortions at Indiana clinics and hospitals.

The data show women in their 20s procured 4,709 abortions, or 60.5 percent of the state's total.

Women in their 30s had 25.9 percent of Indiana's abortions; those age 19 and younger, 10.5 percent; and age 40 and up, 3 percent.

Married women comprised 12.7 percent of the abortion tally. While women who previously had given birth to one or more children accounted for 61.8 percent of the state's abortions.

All but 28 terminations occurred prior to 13 weeks gestation. Nearly 4 out of 5 abortions were within two months of conception.

There were 2,805 pill-induced abortions last year as non-surgical abortions grew to 36 percent of the total procedures, up from 26 percent in 2016.

The majority of the state's abortions were obtained at three clinics and two hospitals in Indianapolis.

There were 1,173 abortions performed at the Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky location in Merrillville.


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