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Number of abortions in Indiana in August was “essentially zero”

by | Nov 17, 2023

By Dave Andrusko

Good news! According to the Guttmacher Institute, the preeminent pro-abortion think tank, “Guttmacher Data Show Virtually No Abortions in Indiana Following New Ban and Continued Impact of Recent Restrictions in North Carolina.”

Earlier this week, Guttmacher “released the latest round of data from its Monthly Abortion Provision Study, covering the period from January through August 2023. The latest estimates include initial insights into the effects of a total abortion ban in Indiana, where abortions dropped to essentially zero, as well as the continued impact of severe restrictions recently implemented in North Carolina.”   

The Monthly Abortion Provision Study “continues to do what it is designed to do—giving us near-real time insights into how the rapidly shifting state policy landscape is impacting abortion access,” says Isaac Maddow-Zimet, data scientist at Guttmacher and project lead for this research effort. “Among other findings, this month’s data show the initial impact of the total ban in Indiana, and in future months we hope to better understand its ripple effects in neighboring states.”

Guttmacher summarized the situation in Indiana thusly: “Abortions Drop 100% in Indiana.” The number of abortions in July was almost 700.

What about North Carolina? Last month Guttmacher reported that abortions in North Carolina had declined by 31% from June to July 2023. Reporting for North Carolina Health News, Rachel Crumpler explained

The number of abortions provided in North Carolina has dropped significantly after the implementation of increased restrictions in the state on July 1, according to data estimates from a national organization that tracks trends in reproductive health.

During the first month operating under North Carolina’s new law that limits most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy and requires two in-person appointments for anyone seeking an abortion, the Guttmacher Institute reported that medication and procedural [surgical] abortions provided in the state in July dropped by 31 percent from the previous month. A new round of data released this week demonstrates how the state’s restrictions hinder access to abortion care. 

What about August? Guttmacher wrote

The number of abortions in North Carolina increased only slightly in August from July, and the total was still down by 28% compared with June 2023, before the restrictions went into effect.  

What about the “three states bordering Indiana where abortion remains legal (Illinois, Michigan and Ohio)”?

Guttmacher wrote, “All had increases in the number of abortions in August compared with July, but it is unclear to what extent these increases reflect seasonal fluctuations in pregnancies, more abortions obtained by residents of those states, or increased travel from Indiana or other states with an abortion ban.”