Indiana Abortion Statistics 2021


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Health on Friday released a data report regarding abortion statistics last year in the state, showing more than 8,400 people terminated pregnancies in 2021 in the state. Indiana.

The total number of pregnancy terminations reported in the state for the entire year was 8,414, according to the report. Of these, more than 94% of the patients were Indiana residents.

465 of the abortion patients were from out of state, according to IDOH. The state with the most residents who traveled to Indiana for an abortion last year was Kentucky.

The numbers are part of a two-year upward trend in pregnancy terminations in the state. The number of resident and non-resident abortions increased from 2019 to 2020 and increased again from 2020 to 2021. The graph depicting this increase can be seen below.

Graphic via Indiana Department of Health

The average age of a patient who had an abortion in 2021 in Indiana was 27, with patients ranging in age from 12 to 55. About 58.7% of the year’s abortions were in patients between the ages of 20 and 29, with the second demographic being patients under 20 at 8.7%. 67 patients were under 16 years old.

Graphic via Indiana Department of Health

With regard to race and ethnicity, nearly half, or 47.77%, of those who had a pregnancy termination reported being Caucasian, and nearly a third, or 35.35%, said they were black or African American. Additionally, Hispanic or Latino individuals accounted for 9.90% of layoffs in 2021.

Graphic via Indiana Department of Health

A large majority, around 86%, of people who said they had an abortion were single at 7,256. Regarding education, more than 91% of those who had layoffs had at least a college degree secondary or GED.

Apart from demographic data, the report provided specific information on the types of abortions performed and when they were performed during pregnancy.

In 2021, according to the report, 68.09% of all terminated pregnancies occurred at eight weeks gestation or less and terminations occurring at 14 weeks gestation or more occurred in an acute care hospital. A full chart breaking down all reported gestation times for terminated pregnancies can be seen below.

Graphic via Indiana Department of Health

Non-surgical pregnancy terminations were more common than surgical in 2021, with abortion pills such as mifepristone and misoprostol accounting for 4,791 pregnancy terminations. Of the 8,414 women who had a pregnancy termination in 2021, 66 had an unsuccessful first attempt and had to return to the facility for an additional procedure.

In addition to failed first attempts, the report lists other abortion complications that patients said they experienced. According to IDOH, there were no reported maternal deaths from abortions in 2021 and 49 patients experienced a total of 51 complications. These complications, which include cervical lacerations and hemorrhages, are illustrated below.

Graphic via Indiana Department of Health

At the end of the report, IDOH acknowledged that reporting pregnancy terminations has its limitations. The full statement regarding accuracy is below.

“Demographic and pregnancy history are self-reported, so reported information is subject to bias or error. Additionally, patients who required a second procedure to complete the termination may have reported the second procedure as a new case or traveled to another facility to complete the procedure; either scenario would lead to a false increase in the number of terminations reported to the Indiana Department of Health. number could also be falsely inflated if a patient had an incomplete procedure but ultimately chose to give birth because the reported pregnancy termination would have been incomplete Finally, the data analyzed was drawn from reported terminated pregnancies only, and therefore necessarily excludes data on terminations of pregnancy that may have occurred but were not reported.

Indiana Department of Health

To read the full report, which includes additional geographic and vendor information, click here.


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