Scouring the annual report on abortion from the Ohio Department of Health always produces some intriguing, alarming, and saddening insights.
According to Induced Abortions in Ohio, 2012, there were 25,473 induced abortions in Ohio. Breaking it down to where Elizabeth’s New Life Center has a presence, we see that the urban areas continued to be hub spots of abortion activity: 18 percent (4,601 abortions) took place in Hamilton County, and 7.58 percent (1,931 abortions) occurred in Montgomery. To our dismay, both counties saw increases from 2011: a 6-percent increase in Hamilton County and an alarming 14-percent in Montgomery, the first increase here in five years—numbers that would have been higher if Elizabeth’s New Life Center didn’t exist and lower if we had more resources. These stats tell us that the abortion business thrives where it can get lost in the crowd, and we must continue to stake out our place in our urban cities.
More than half of abortions were obtained by women age 25 and older; girls age 19 and under accounted for only 14 percent of abortions. In addition, 40 percent of those women had more than a high school education. That tells us that Ohio’s abortions can be attributed to a significant number of educated adult women, and we must address their spiritual, emotional and material needs while also recognizing their maturity and sophistication.
Among women who obtained abortions after age 20, it was highly likely that they had already had prior abortions. For example, among women ages 20-24, more than half had a prior abortion. For women ages 25-29, the number was 73 percent. It was 85 percent for women ages 30 to 34, and 88 percent for women ages 35-39. That tells us that reaching a woman before she has her first abortion is critical to preventing others.
Finally, 85 percent of the women obtaining abortions were unmarried or unpartnered at the time. That tells us that the biggest reason why women have abortions is the desire not to raise children without support. That’s why we’re here.