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Glossary of Terms

Gestation Weeks of pregnancy as reported on the terminated pregnancy report form.

Married Includes currently married women and those who are separated but not divorced.

Not Married Includes women who were never married, and those who are divorced or widowed.

Previous Terminated Pregnancies The number of previous terminations as reported on the terminated pregnancy report form. The current termination is not included.

Race - Race of the mother. In this report, race is categorized as "white", "black", "other", and "total", where "other" means all other races besides white and black, including unknown, and "total" represents all races combined. In Indiana, "Hispanic" is classified as an individual's ethnicity, not his or her race; all Hispanics are classified as either "white Hispanic", "black Hispanic", or "other Hispanic". 

Ratio The number of terminations per 1,000 live births. The ratio can be for all women, or by age, race or marital status, depending on the table.

Reliability of Ratios Some of the ratios shown in this report are based on a small number of live births by age, race or marital status. The ratios based on small numbers are unstable. Ratios based on less than 20 live births for women in particular age groups or marital status groups are not reported.

Stable Rate - A rate containing a minimum of 20 occurrences or events (e.g., terminated pregnancies) per unit being examined (e.g., city, county, and rate).

Unmarried - This category includes the never married, the widowed, and the divorced.

Vital Statistics - Information obtained from official documents filed with the Indiana State Department of Health, to include certificates of birth, death, marriage, and terminated pregnancy.

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