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Abortion Rates Continue To Decline In Ohio

This Feb, 25, 2020 file photo show the Preterm building, the busiest abortion clinic in Ohio, in Cleveland. Officials in Texas and Ohio are taking steps aimed at banning most abortions during this phase of the coronavirus outbreak.
Tony Dejak
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Associated Press
This Feb, 25, 2020 file photo show the Preterm building, the busiest abortion clinic in Ohio, in Cleveland. Officials in Texas and Ohio are taking steps aimed at banning most abortions during this phase of the coronavirus outbreak.

The number of abortions in Ohio continue to decline. According to the latest Ohio Abortion Report, 323 fewer abortions were reported last year than in 2018, a 2% drop.

In 2019, there were 20,102 abortions performed in Ohio. Of those, 87.5% were done at 12 weeks gestation or less, while about 0.05% of abortions were conducted after 20 weeks.

Women between the ages of 25-55 accounted for nearly 61.8% of abortions in Ohio, while 2.7% of the procedures were conducted on girls 17 and younger.

African American women were disproportionately represented among abortion patients, accounting for 46% of procedures last year, while white women accounted for another 46%.

Cuyahoga County led the state in inducted abortions, with 34.9% of procedures, while Franklin and Hamilton County followed behind with 19.6% and 16.4%, respectively.

There were 31 total complications reported last year, but none of them resulted in death.

Researchers say the abortion rate has declined nationwide, crediting a drop in unwanted pregnancies and greater access to birth control. However, a recent Ohio State study found that state abortion restrictions have disproportionately impacted rural counties, which have seen abortion rates drop faster than the rest of the state.