Ohio Abortion Facts
State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.
Collective state abortion statistics are gathered privately by the Guttmacher Institute and federally by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Because of reporting lag, their most recent data is generally 2-3 years old. In most cases, state-level abortion facts are more current than the numbers reported by AGI or the CDC.
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Total Abortions (2015): 20,976
The Ohio Department of Health reports that 20,976 abortions took place in Ohio during 2015.
SOURCE: Ohio Department of Health
Total Abortions (2014): 21,186
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 21,186 abortions took place in Ohio during 2014. The table below compares Ohio abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2014): 13.2%
In 2014, 13.2% of pregnancies in Ohio ended in abortion. This number does not take into account miscarriages. It was arrived at by dividing the state abortion ratio by the sum of the abortion ratio plus 1,000. The abortion ratio is the number of abortions that occurred per 1,000 lives births. The table below compares Ohio abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2014): 5.5%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 5.5% of the abortions that took place in Ohio were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Total Abortions (2014): 22,730
The Guttmacher Institute reports that 22,730 abortions took place in Ohio during 2014. In 2011, there were 28,590 abortions reported—compared with 33,550 in 2008 and 35,060 in 2005.
Abortion Rate* (2014): 10.3
The Guttmacher Institute reports that the 2014 abortion rate for Ohio was 10.3. In 2011, the abortion rate in Ohio was 12.9. It was 14.7 in 2008, 14.9 in 2005, and 16.5 in 2000. The 2014 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.6.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
Percentage of Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2011): 15%
In 2011, 197,000 women in Ohio became pregnant. 50% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 15% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2014): 2.5%
In 2014, 2.5% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Ohio.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2011): 26
In 2011, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 26 abortion providers in Ohio. There were 26 providers in 2008, 27 providers in 2005, and 35 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 24 hours before the abortion takes place.
- Health plans offered in the state’s health exchange can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- Public health insurance can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- Medication abortion must be provided using the FDA protocol.
- The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion can take place.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- A fetal heartbeat must be tested for before an abortion can take place.