State report shows 8.5% increase in abortions in 2021

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The number of abortions performed in Indiana rose by 8.5% last year, according to a state report released Friday as state lawmakers are expected to soon debate tighter anti-abortion laws following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that there is no constitutional right to abortion.

An annual report from the Indiana Department of Health shows 8,414 abortions were performed in the state during 2021. That’s 658 more than the 7,756 abortions during 2020 in Indiana, which was 1.6% above 2019′s 7,637.

Drug-induced abortions in 2021 comprised about 56% of Indiana abortions, a slight increase from 2020, when for the first time they accounted for a majority in the state, at 55%, about doubling the 2016 rate.

Indiana recorded just more than 80,000 live births during 2021, up from about 79,000 in 2020.

Abortion is still legal in Indiana, depending on the action by the Republican-dominated Legislature. Indiana’s attorney general asked federal judges Monday to lift orders blocking several state anti-abortion laws following the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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