Indiana Department of Public Health

IN abortion rate declines

Jun 6, 2012

Fewer abortions were performed in Indiana in 2010 than in any other year in the past three decades.

A little more than 10,000 procedures took place that year, based on the most recent data from the Indiana State Department of Health.  That’s a 5% drop from 2009. It’s also the lowest the figure has been since 1977, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mike Fichter with Indiana Right to Life says state legislation and the work of crisis pregnancy centers that encourage abortion alternatives have contributed to the drop.

Two Lafayette hospitals are named on a report for medical errors last year.

IU Health Arnett was flagged for a surgery in which doctors operated on the wrong body part.  There were more than a dozen similar cases last year at other hospitals in the state.

Saint Elizabeth East committed two errors, according to the report.  Both involved leaving foreign objects in a patient after surgery.

The number of reported errors across the state reached an all-time high in 2010.  There were 107 incidents, which is the most since the study began five years ago.