Lives Saved, Still Work to Do: Ohio Abortions Drop 2% in 2019
Latest report reveals Black community continues to be hardest hit by abortion pandemic
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health has released the annual Induced Abortions in Ohio report for 2019. Last year, there were 20,102 abortions, or 55 abortions performed every day. Overall, this represents a 2% decrease in overall abortions in Ohio compared to 2018, and a 30% decrease in abortions since 2009.
“Ohio is steadily making progress to protect unborn children and their mothers from the dangerous and deadly practices of the abortion industry,” said Aaron Baer, president of Citizens for Community Values. “The combination of pro-life leadership in the governor’s office and General Assembly, combined with the incredible work churches and Pregnancy Resource Centers in communities throughout Ohio is saving lives.”
“Unfortunately, we continue to see that the African American community is hardest hit by the abortion industry. While African Americans make up 13% of the population of Ohio, 41.7% of the children lost to abortion in 2019 were African American. The systematic eradication of African American children by abortion industry proves that Planned Parenthood does not believe black lives matter – especially little African American babies’ lives.”
Over the last several years, Ohio has become a leader in enacting pro-life legislation, most recently in 2019, Governor Mike DeWine signed the Heartbeat Bill, prohibiting abortion in Ohio once an unborn child’s heartbeat is detected. The Bill is currently enjoined from taking effect by a Federal Judge in the Southern District of Ohio.
“In 2018, there were few bills debated, scrutinized and publicized in the election more than the Heartbeat Bill. Ohioans overwhelmingly voted for pro-life majorities in the Ohio House and Senate, and elected Governor DeWine, who ran on signing the Heartbeat Bill,” said Baer. “As we prepare to vote once again, candidates should remember this: Ohioans care deeply for the most vulnerable: the unborn.”
For more information, contact CCV at 513-733-5775 or [email protected].
As Ohio’s Family Policy Council, Citizens for Community Values seeks the good of our neighbors throughout Ohio by advocating for public policy that reflects the truth of the Gospel. We endeavor to create an Ohio where God’s blessings of life, family, and religious freedom are treasured, respected, and protected.