Abortion rights advocates are pointing to a new survey of Hoosiers showing Indiana’s restrictions on access to abortion care cause hardships that are difficult to overcome – and they say further adds barriers that could result in even more harm for Hoosier families.
Among the findings from the online survey and interviews with 428 abortion-seeking Hoosiers:
- On average, study participants were 26 years old (range: 15-45 years).
- Only 10% of abortion seekers were teenagers; the majority of participants were 25 years or older.
- Most Hoosiers seeking abortion (65%) were mothers/parents.
- 34% had no children, 52% had 1-3 children, 13% had four or more children
- Most study participants identified as Christian or Catholic (53%), or agnostic (21%).
- Participants were non-Hispanic White (43%), Black or African-American (35%), Hispanic/Latinx (11%), multi-racial (8%), and Asian (1.4%).
- Nearly one in five participants (19%) failed to obtain an abortion during study follow-up.
- o These participants either gave birth, miscarried, resolved to continue the pregnancy, or were still seeking abortion care at study end.
- Among those who did get an abortion, 33% left the state to do so.
- 83% of participants who had an abortion said that the cost of the abortion affected their ability to pay rent and bills, buy food, or pay for childcare
Indy Politics spoke with Dr. Tracey Wilkinson, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University about the survey’s results.
You can hear here in the Leon-Tailored Audio above.
It runs for 19 minutes.