Why did Ohio Abortions hit Record Low?


Why did Ohio abortions hit record low?

State Report Shows 9 Percent Drop from Previous Year

With the release of the 2013 Ohio Abortion Report last week, Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio speculated that the drop in abortions is due to the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.”
But there are several more compelling explanations for the decline, one primary reason being the closure of four abortion facilities. Cleveland Center for Women’s Choice, a late-term abortion facility, closed last year, supposedly because its “demand” shrank significantly after the passage of the late-term abortion ban in 2011.
Additionally, Ohio Right to Life saw multiple pro-life provisions passed as part of the state budget in 2013, including:
  • Re-prioritization of family planning funding away from Planned Parenthood
  • Heartbeat Informed Consent
  • Ban on transfer agreements between abortion clinics and taxpayer-funded hospitals
  • Strengthening of abortion clinic regulations
The two most recent abortion reports demonstrate significant declines in teen abortions, which could be attributed to Ohio’s judicial bypass revision, passed in 2011.
Finally, pro-life grassroots groups across the state persist in their efforts to educate Ohioans about the value of life. As technology advances, it becomes harder and harder for abortion advocates to maintain any credibility as they claim, in clear contradiction to science, that pregnancy involves one human life, not two.
In sum, there are a variety of legislative and grassroots factors that contribute to the decrease in abortions last year. To attribute it to Obamacare is not only simplistic, but an example of how the abortion industry continues to prop up one of the most pro-abortion presidencies in U.S. history.

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 local chapters, 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.  


To learn more about Ohio Right to Life please visit our website at www.ohiolife.org.

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