For Immediate Release
September 30, 2011
Contact: Ruth Yorston
144 fewer Central Ohio women had abortions in 2010. That is a decrease of 3% over the number of abortions performed in 2009.
156 fewer Franklin County residents had abortions in 2010, a decrease of 4%.Greater Columbus Right to Life tracks abortions statistics for the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area, which until the 2010 census included Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union Counties.
"We're thrilled to see a decrease in central Ohio women choosing to abort their pre-born children." said GCRTL's executive director Ruth Yorston. "Each time a woman chooses not abort she not only chooses life for her child, but she also makes a healthier choice for herself. Abortions carry a number of potential risks to women - physical, emotional and spiritual risks. We want to help women in unplanned pregnancies get the assistance and support they need to make that healthier choice."
The Ohio Abortion Report, released by the Ohio Department of Health, provides statistical details on induced abortions in the state. The 2010 report also shows that:
- On average, 102 pre-born chilren are aborted in Franklin County every week.
- 19.2% of Ohio abortions (5,291) were performed in Franklin County
- A disproportaionate number (43.68% of abortions continue to be performed on Franklin County balack women and their pre-born children (the overall black population in Franklin County is 19.3%)
- 23.37% of abortions were non-surgical, a slight decrease form 2009's 24.8%
- 232 abortions were performed in minors
"Women deserve better than abortion. We will continue to educate women and their families on the fact that life begins at conception and that every abortion takes the life of an innocent human being and to help them get the assistance and support they need to choose health for themselves and life for their child," said Yorston.
View the complete Ohio Abortion Report online.
*Source - Community Research Partners, Racial and Ethnic Populations, http://centralohioindicators.org/site/indicators/population/1_PDFS/Population%205.pdf, accessed 9/30/11