The Ohio Department of Health released a report on Wednesday showing abortions in the state remained at historically low levels in 2012. Abortion in Ohio fell by 12 percent in 2011 and had a slight increase of 3 percent in 2012.
Since 1976 when record keeping on abortion began, Ohio’s 25,473 abortions in 2012 is the second lowest level of abortions reported. Life News reports:
“We grieve for the loss of life represented by this report, and rise in abortions last year-even if it’s slight-is a tragedy that reminds us that our work is not done,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life. ”Fewer babies are alive today-especially in the African American community-and the blame for that tragedy lies squarely on the shoulders of Planned Parenthood, the rest of the abortion industry, and every politician who campaigned on their behalf last year.” [...]
Gonidakis said the state made significant progress in decreasing abortions among babies older than 20 weeks. Following the passage of the Ohio Right to Life Late-Term Abortion Ban in 2011, abortions after 20 weeks gestation fell by 30 percent last year. [...]
“Right now, the pro-life community is wondering how much higher last year’s abortions would have been without the life-saving laws that have already been enacted in Ohio,” said Gonidakis. “We fully expect Planned Parenthood and NARAL to celebrate the overall abortion increase, but we nevertheless hope that they will one day work with Ohio Right to Life, pregnancy help centers, and the rest of the pro-life community to lower the number of abortions and bring Ohio back to life.”