Hamilton County Still Third Highest County Total Statewide
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 2, 2017 (Cincinnati, OH): The Ohio Department of Health has released its Induced Abortions in Ohio 2016 report, latest statistics available.
According to the report [previous 2015 counts in brackets]:
Induced abortion statistics have been prepared in Ohio since 1976. Several trend comparisons in the 2016 Annual Abortion Report date back to 2003. A total of 20,672 [20,976] induced pregnancy terminations were reported in Ohio for 2016, including 19,543 [19,765] obtained by Ohio resident women (94.5%) [94.2%].
This represents a 1% reduction in induced pregnancy terminations from 2015 to 2016. Overall, since 2001 there has been a steady decline in terminations. When examined from 2001 to 2016, the annual decline averaged approximately 900  per year.
Nonsurgical, chemical abortions increasing:
Curettage was the most used method of termination in 2016 (53%) [80%]. This method has decreased since 2001, when 87% of terminations were by curettage. Mifepristone was reported as the medication for nonsurgical termination for 3,552  abortions, followed by 434  terminations using misoprostol, and 199  terminations using methotrexate.
“Every little life saved is a gift, and we are thankful for the 304 decrease in deaths last year,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.
“But mothers’ arms for over 20,000 children are empty–women deceived by the offer of a choice that should never be.”
Abortion totals by county where occurred: Hamilton County still has the third highest county-by-occurrence abortion total but with a decrease at 3057 . Next is Franklin County at 4476 , and first Cuyahoga at 7745 .
County totals by resident abortion show some decreases: Hamilton County 2067 ; Butler County 454 ; Clermont County 202 ; Warren County 182 .