Pro-Life Efforts Needed More Than Ever
October 2, 2013-The Ohio Department of Health has released its Induced Abortions in Ohio report–the latest abortion statistics available, from 2012. (Note that statistics are a year behind the current year.) According to the report, abortion numbers statewide have increased since last year.
From the report:
A total of 25,473 induced pregnancy terminations were reported in Ohio for 2012, including 24,080 obtained by Ohio resident women (94.5%). While this represents an increase of 709 terminations overall compared to 2011, this may be due to the unusually low number of terminations reported for the month of January 2011.
Since 2000 the data show a steady decline in terminations each year. When examined over the time period 2000 to 2012, the annual decline averages approximately 900 less terminations per year. This decline remains consistent even when the 2011 anomaly is measured against years 2009 to 2012. Overall, the number of terminations in 2012 represents the second lowest termination rate since 1976. …
Curettage was the most used method of termination (81% in 2012). That method has decreased since 2001, when 87% of terminations were by curettage. The revised form now asks for type of medication for non-surgical terminations. Mifepristone was reported for 806 abortions, followed by 63 terminations using methotrexate. Four hundred ninety-nine (499) terminations reported use of other non-surgical methods and the majority of these reported misoprostol as the medication.
Thus, according to the report, chemical/non-surgical abortions increased to 1368 in 2012 (1,234 in 2011), thus contributing to the overall decline.
Local counties also show increases:
Hamilton County still has the third highest abortion total after Cuyahoga (5663) and Franklin (3771) Counties, with an increase of 2500 abortions in 2012 (2374 in 2011).
Butler County abortion numbers increased to 624 (559 in 2011), and Clermont County increased to 269 (233 in 2011). Warren County saw an increase of 277 (216 in 2011).
Thank you to all who are working and praying for sanctity of Life in many ways to protect women, men, and their unborn children from the abortion industry’s deadly agenda. Your efforts are needed more than ever.
The full report, including many additional statistics, graphs, and perspectives, is available from the Ohio Department of Health web site along with reports from previous years.