Data Shows Decrease in Ohio Abortions
The Ohio Department of Health’s Induced Abortions in Ohio Report for 2018 shows a decrease in the number of abortions completed from 2017, down 2% for that year.
In a press release, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said the data is reflective of abortion accessibility across Ohio — despite measures to ban abortion access — as well as the impact of the Affordable Care Act and provisions allowing insurance coverage of birth control, which “have provided a clear and measurable benefit to people looking to prevent unwanted pregnancies in Ohio.”
“When individuals have access to the healthcare they need, whether abortion care, birth control, or prenatal care, our people, our families, and our communities are healthier,” said Copeland.
The Guttmacher Institute, a research organization with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights, has also released a report looking at national data on abortion. This data — which looks at the year 2017, the most recent that national data is available — could suggest that fewer individuals are becoming pregnant nationally.
Additional findings from the report show an increase in the percentage of abortions via medication, up from 25.5% in 2017 to 30.3% in 2018. Three out of nine abortion facilities in Ohio are medication only: Founder’s Women’s Health Center and Your Choice Healthcare of Columbus, as well as Capital Care of Toledo.
The institute’s report also shows the limited number of abortion providers in the state, with one clinic per 1.3 million people in Ohio. Fifty-five percent of Ohioans live in a county with no abortion provider.
Visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website for the complete Induced Abortions report.