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Ohio abortions up 1 percent: state report

September 28, 2018

Ohio abortions up 1 percent: state report

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The number of abortions performed in Ohio last year slightly increased from 2016, although the overall number continues to remain among the lowest since the state started tracking it.

In 2017, 20,893 abortions were performed in Ohio, up 1 percent from 2016. Of those, 19,615 were obtained by Ohio women. The report, released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health, does not track abortions Ohio women obtain in other states.

Ohio has been tracking abortion information since 1976.

“Overall, since 2001 there has been a steady decline in terminations,” the report said. “When examined from 2001 to 2017, the annual decline averaged approximately 830 per year.”

Other information from the report:

The 2017 rate was 8.9 abortions per 1,000 state residents age 15-44 years old, unchanged from 2016.56 percent of the abortions involved pregnancies of less than nine weeks; 29 percent were nine to 12 weeks.There were 454 abortions last year of pregnancies of 19 or more weeks of gestation, a decrease from 508 in 2016.Among the abortions in which race was reported, 49 percent were white, 44 percent were black, 5 percent reporting having Hispanic origin, 4 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander and 4 percent were more than one race.1 in 10 women who obtained abortions were under age 20; another third were 20-24.85 percent of women with reported marital status were never married, divorced or widowed; 15 percent were married and separated.58 percent of abortions were surgical, or by  curettage, a decrease from 2001 when 87 percent were D&Cs.For nonsurgical abortions: mifepristone was reported as the medication for 5,279 abortions, followed by 489 terminations using misoprostol and 40 using methotrexate.

Ohio Right to Life called the report an “absolute tragedy.”

Abortion opponents such as Ohio Right to Life have been influential in the Ohio General Assembly, where 20 abortion restrictions have been passed in recent years and half of the state’s abortion clinics have closed.

“The abortion industry continues to stall our pro-life legislation with frivolous litigation,” said Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis in a statement. ”...We in the pro-life movement must fight harder than ever to defend the unborn, and stand against an ever encroaching culture of death.”

NARAL-Pro Choice Ohio said the abortion report shows that women need access to the procedure, which executive director Kellie Copeland said is under threat.

The outcome of the Kavanaugh nomination and Ohio’s gubernatorial election will determine whether abortion is criminalized in Ohio in the next year,” she said in a statement. “If abortion is outlawed, 20,893 people would be forced to continue pregnancies against their will, or face criminal penalties for seeking the abortion care they need.”

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