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Indiana Sees Incredible 98% Drop in Abortions, Planned Parenthood Attacks

by | Jul 1, 2024

By Miranda Willborg, Texas Right to Life

The Indiana Department of Health’s recent report revealed a 98% decrease in abortions in the state of Indiana. The report detailed 45 abortions during the first 2024 quarter, a tremendous reform compared to the 1,931 abortions committed in the first quarter of 2023. This means 1,886 babies are alive in Indiana who may not have been at this time last year.

These are encouraging numbers. But Indiana’s abortion industry is actively threatening the laws that made this victory possible. The same day the Indiana Department of Health released its report, Planned Parenthood argued in court to challenge Indiana’s Pro-Life laws.

Indiana’s policy currently protects preborn children from the moment of conception, with three exceptions:

1.   When the baby is conceived from rape or incest

2.   When the baby is given a life-limiting diagnosis

3.   When the mother’s health or life is at serious risk

Babies should be shielded from abortion despite a tragic origin story or life-limiting disability. Still, Indiana’s abortion ban is a positive incremental reform. Prior to August 2023, the state permitted abortions up to 20 weeks.

Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups sued members of Indiana’s Medical Licensing Board last November. They claimed the “Health or Life Exception” is “unconstitutionally narrow” and “needlessly restrictive,” even though the decision is left to the physician’s “reasonable medical judgment.”

The abortion industry attempted the same ploy in Texas. Abortion is illegal in Texas in all cases except to save the life of the mother or prevent a serious injury. But last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights sought to “clarify the scope” of the medical emergency exception in Texas’ abortion ban. Effectively, they tried to justify aborting babies for any reason, not just for the life of the mother.

In a Pro-Life triumph, the Supreme Court of Texas recently ruled unanimously in favor of Texas and upheld our life-affirming laws. The court reiterated that physicians have the authority to use their medical judgment in determining how to intervene to save a pregnant mother’s life, such as an induction or C-section.

Pray for Indiana as they battle the same aggressive opposition to their Pro-Life laws. And as the pro-abortion culture continues its tireless attacks across the states, pray for our Pro-Life leaders to remain courageous and unapologetic in their defense of Life!