Ohio agency reports 2 percent drop in induced abortions in 2018

Published: Oct. 1, 2019 at 11:42 AM EDT
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The number of induced abortions in Ohio continued a downward trajectory last year, the state Department of Health said.

In a report released on Tuesday, the department said 20,425 abortions were reported last year compared with 20,893 in 2017. That's a 2 percent drop.

Last year's decrease is part of a downward trend that began in 2001, officials said. The 2018 ratio of 142 abortions per 1,000 live births was slightly down from 2017.

Data shows 56 percent of abortions last year involved pregnancies of less than six weeks.

A new Ohio ban on abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat would affect those types of pregnancies. That so-called ``heartbeat law'' has been blocked during a court challenge .

Another 30 percent involved pregnancies of nine to 12 weeks.