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Ohio abortions decline, at lowest level since 1976

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The Dispatch wroteOhio abortions decline, at lowest level since 1976 

Monday, November 10, 2008

BY CATHERINE CANDISKY

The number of abortions performed in Ohio continues to fall. In 2007, 30,859 pregnancies were terminated, down more than 6 percent from the previous year and the lowest number since the state began keeping statistics in 1976.

A report by the Ohio Department of Health shows abortions have been declining since 2000, when 38,140 were performed.

Ohio continues to have a lower rate of abortions than the national average. According to the state report, Ohio’s abortion rate was 192 abortions per 1,000 live births in 2007, compared with a U.S. rate of 241 per 1,000 live births in 2004, the latest national figures available.

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