Ohio Department of Health Reports 8.7 Percent Drop in Abortions in 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katherine Franklin
DATE: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 304
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, the Ohio Department of Health released the 2014 Ohio Abortion Report, revealing an 8.7 percent drop in abortions in 2014. This marks the lowest level since 1976, when record-keeping first began, and is almost 25 percent lower than 2010 levels (28,123 abortions). A total of 21,186 abortions were reported.
"While our work is not yet complete, it is comforting to know that our pro-life initiatives are working in Ohio," said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. "More and more babies are alive today because of the leadership of Governor Kasich and our pro-life legislature. Ohio Right to Life will continue to advance its strategic legislative plan to help pregnant women and their children, both born and unborn. The nation continues to watch Ohio and learn from our collective efforts to hold the abortion industry accountable and to put women and their children first."
In 2014, three abortion facilities closed across Ohio or stopped performing surgical abortions. Since 2010, half of the state's abortion facilities have been been shuttered or closed voluntarily.
"Year by year, Ohio is sowing a culture of life--a culture that is literally saving thousands of unborn babies from the painful inhumanity that is abortion," said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. "As more and more women choose life for their children, we're seeing Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry pushed to the fringe of civil society. There's no doubt in our minds that the culture of life is winning."
To read the 2014 Ohio Abortion Report, click here.
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.