Is Abortion Legal in Indiana?
- Abortion has been banned in Indiana since August 21, 2023.
- Indiana offers abortion exceptions in cases of rape, incest, fetal anomalies, or mother's health.
- Abortions are always permitted to save the life of the mother.
This page addresses abortion questions such as:
- Can You Get an Abortion in Indiana?
- How Late Can You Get an Abortion in Indiana?
- Is Abortion Illegal in Indiana?
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Can You Get an Abortion in Indiana?
It is not possible to get an abortion in Indiana except in situations of rape or incest, fatal fetal anomaly, or to protect the physical health of the mother.
If the continuation of the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother's life, abortion is permitted throughout pregnancy since pregnancy loss is not the goal; abortion is the indirect consequence of a life-saving medical procedure. This is also known as indirect abortion.
- All abortions must be performed by a licensed physician at a hospital or outpatient surgery center.
- Parental consent is required for minors pursuing an abortion.
- Ultrasound is required 18 hours prior to an abortion.
- Informed consent is necessary before an abortion can be performed.
- Telemedicine abortions are not available in Indiana.
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How Late Can You Get an Abortion in Indiana?
While abortion is banned in Indiana, rape and incest exemptions are given up to the 14th week of pregnancy if the mother is under 16 and up to the 10th week if the mother is 16 or older.
Abortion exceptions are made until the 20th week of pregnancy if:
- The fetus is not expected to live beyond birth due to an anomaly.
- Continuing the pregnancy poses a serious risk to the mother's physical health.
Medically necessary abortions are permitted in Indiana during all nine months of pregnancy.
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Is Abortion Illegal in Indiana?
Performing an abortion outside Indiana's legal parameters is considered a level 5 felony. The penalty for an illegal abortion is a prison sentence of 1-6 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Self-inducing an abortion without the aid of a medical provider is illegal in Indiana. This law was established with the health of women in mind. Most homemade abortion methods carry higher risks, making them unsafe. The concern for the safety of the mother is of the highest priority.
Traveling to another state for an abortion is legal for an Indiana resident, but Indiana-based companies that support their employees' out-of-state abortion may be prosecuted. This state law was made to protect women from employer-coerced abortions.
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I Need an Abortion in Indiana — Now What?
Hopefully, our page addressed some of your practical questions about abortion in Indiana. Perhaps your concerns go beyond the need for information. You may have recently found out you are pregnant, bringing your heart to a standstill while your mind races on.
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