Abortion is still legal in Indiana — for now. Here's what is and isn't allowed.
Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion is still technically legal in Indiana — for now.
More than 7,750 abortions occurred in the state in 2020, according to data from the Indiana Department of Health. Restrictions apply to when and how an abortion can be performed.
Here are some of those restrictions.
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How abortion is legal in Indiana
Abortions can only be performed within the first 20 weeks "postfertilization," according to Indiana statute, which amounts to 22 weeks after the last menstrual cycle.
People under 18 must get the consent of their parents or legal guardians before receiving an abortion.
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Telemedicine abortions, in which a doctor uses communications technology like a video call to guide a patient as they take abortion-inducing medication, are prohibited.
At least 18 hours before an abortion, a pregnant person must be given counseling aimed at influencing their decision. That counseling includes offering to show them an ultrasound image of the fetus and offering to let them listen to the fetus' heartbeat, if audible.
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They must also be told that "human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm," Indiana law states.
Public funds can't be used to support abortions unless the pregnant person's life is in danger.
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