Number of abortions in Ohio lowest in 40 years

By Dave Andrusko

On Friday the Ohio Department of Health released the 2016 Ohio Abortion Report, showing the number of abortions were their lowest in 40 years.

A total of 20,672 abortions were reported–the lowest figure since 1976– a decrease from 20,976 in 2015, and down by over 12, 000 as recently as 2006 when there were 32,936 abortions.

“Since 2010, half of the state’s abortion facilities have been shuttered or closed voluntarily,” Ohio Right to Life responded. “In the last 7 years, Ohio Right to Life has successfully advocated for 19 pro-life initiatives which were signed into law by Governor Kasich.”

National Right to Life’s state affiliate added, “Currently, Ohio Right to Life is advocating in favor of the Dismemberment Abortion Ban and the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, which will ensure that abortions in Ohio continue to hit record lows.”

Pro-abortionists took solace in the increase in the number of chemical abortions. “The real story with this year’s report is that Ohio women are accessing more affordable medication abortion at a rate closer to before Ohio law required physicians to use an outdated, less effective, more expensive protocol,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Deputy Director Jaime Miracle in a statement to the Columbus Dispatch.

“Nearly 95 percent were obtained by Ohio women, the document released Friday said. Cuyahoga and Franklin counties, the state’s two largest, had the most abortions in the state,” reported the Dispatch’s Megan Henry.

The core of the summary is found in these three paragraphs (references to tables are omitted for clarity):

Approximately one in ten women who obtained an abortion in 2016 were under 20 years of age, with another one-third between the ages of 20-24 years of age.While the age distribution of resident women obtaining abortions has remained relatively unchanged since 2001, the age-specific abortion rates for women under age 25 have steadily decreased. Approximately 85% of women with known marital status who obtained abortions were never married, divorced, or widowed. Fifteen percent of women who obtained an abortion and whose marital status was known were married or separated . Forty-nine percent of resident women who obtained an abortion and for whom race was reported were White; 44% were African American; 3% were Asian/Pacific Islander; and 3% reported more than one race. Four percent of women with known ethnicity who obtained an abortion were of Hispanic origin.

The 2016 Ohio abortion rate was 8.9 per 1,000 resident women ages 15-44 years old; unchanged from the rate in 2015 The 2016 Ohio resident abortion ratio was 142 abortions per 1,000 live births; unchanged from the ratio in 2015.

More than half of all induced abortions involved pregnancies of less than nine weeks (54%), approximately 30% occurred pregnancies of nine to 12 weeks. The proportion involving abortions of less than nine weeks increased from 49% in 1997, while the proportion between nine and 12 weeks declined from 35% to 30%. There were 508 abortions in 2016 involving pregnancies of 19 or more completed weeks of gestation. That represents an increase from the 478 reported in 2015. The abortion reporting form requests method used to determine gestational age: ultrasound was used in 96% of cases ). The vast majority of reported abortions were obtained in six major metropolitan areas of Ohio.