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The recently released annual Terminated Pregnancy Report from the Indiana Department of Health reveals a concerning surge in the number of out-of-state patients traveling to Indiana for abortions. With Roe v. Wade overturned in 2022 and several states tightening their abortion laws, the rate at which non-residents sought abortions in Indiana skyrocketed more than threefold in 2022. Out-of-state abortion seekers contributing to an overall 13.3% increase in abortions performed in Indiana last year, totaling 9,529 procedures.

The state became a temporary haven for people from Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee post the Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court decision in June 2022. Despite Indiana being the first state to pass a near-total abortion ban after this ruling, court injunctions have so far halted its implementation.

This influx of out-of-state patients seeking abortions is particularly alarming. Last year, they constituted 19.2% of the total abortions carried out in Indiana, a drastic rise from just 5.5% in 2021 and 4.9% in 2020. These numbers underline the importance of preserving the sanctity of life and highlight the urgent need to continue fighting for a culture that respects and protects unborn children.

However, change is on the horizon. With the recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling that upholds our state’s near-total abortion ban, the role of Indiana as a destination for abortion services is set to shift dramatically. This ruling affirms our commitment to life and offers hope that we can shape a society where every unborn child is cherished and protected. It is a significant milestone in our journey to promote a culture of life and respect for the inherent dignity of every human being, born and unborn.

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