Ohio abortions drop for 11th year


Associated Press

COLUMBUS

The annual number of abortions reported in Ohio has dropped below 25,000, its lowest level since the data-tracking started in 1976.

Reported abortions have decreased each year since 2000, when there were about 38,100, but the most recent year-to-year drop is the largest in that span.

The yearly report released Monday by the Ohio Department of Health says 24,764 pregnancies were terminated in 2011. That’s a decrease of more than 3,300 compared with 2010.

The state’s reports don’t speculate on reasons for the decline.

Doctors using confidential reports are required to inform the state about induced abortions.

The new data show nearly 15 percent of abortions last year involved females younger than 20.

Roughly one-third involved women between the ages of 20 and 24.

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