The Hoosier Abortion Access Study: Traveling out of Indiana for abortion care
Ibis Reproductive Health. September 2022.
Indiana is one of the most restrictive abortion policy contexts in the country. Prior to September 15, 2022, these policies included invasive parental consent requirements for minors; prohibition on the use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion; an 18-hour waiting period; state-directed biased counseling; severe restrictions on insurance coverage of abortion; gestational limits; and burdensome standards related to abortion clinic space, staffing, and equipment. As of September 15, 2022, a full ban on abortion is scheduled to go into effect with limited exceptions for rape, incest, and health of the pregnant person. This restrictive policy context contributes to an abortion rate in Indiana that is less than half that of the national rate, and may drive Hoosiers—people who live in Indiana—to leave the state for care.