After another decline in 2010, Abortions in Ohio Reach Historic Low

By Dave Andrusko

Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Mike Gonidakis

Statistics released by the Ohio Department of Health offer the welcomed news that abortions in 2010 declined for the tenth year in a row, representing a drop of nearly 40% from the peak total reached in 1982 and 26% since 2000.

“During the past decade, more and more women and families chose life in Ohio,” Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Mike Gonidakis said.  “While we will not rest until the number of reported abortions is zero, each year these statistics reaffirm our statewide pro-life strategies which focus on supporting young women through our pregnancy centers, promoting adoption and identifying common sense legislative solutions to end abortion.”

Gonidakis added, “Moms are being protected, more babies are alive today and we can all agree that this is good public policy.”

The 28,123 abortions performed were nearly 600 fewer than 2o09.

However the 2010 Abortion Report also found that Black women continue to have a disproportionately high number of abortions. Although Black women make up only 12.2% of Ohio’s population, last year they obtained 37.1% of abortions.

Ohio Right to Life broke out some of the statistics on its webpage. They include:

·         The majority occur in the metropolitan areas of Cuyahoga County at 36.8%, Franklin at 19.2%, and Hamilton at 17.8%; 

The majority are performed on women younger than 24 years old;

56.6% occur during the first 9 weeks of gestation; and,

83% are performed upon women who are unmarried.

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