The Ohio Department of Health reports that induced abortions dropped 12 percent last year, hitting the lowest number since the state started tracking them 35 years ago.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that abortions have fallen in Ohio each year since 2000. Experts attribute it to a variety of factors, including increased use of birth control, better access to health care and improved health education.
The number of overall Ohio births also has fallen, 16.5 percent from 1990 to 2010.
An Ohio house committee has recommended a bill that would re-prioritize funding for family planning services so that Planned Parenthood would be last on the list.
Backers of the bill say there are many clinics, hospitals and private practices throughout Ohio that are providing family planning services that Planned Parenthood provides. This bill would give those facilities an advantage when it comes to getting federal and state funding. Republican lawmakers say that’s ok because it would give women more choices of facilities. And Denise Leipold, Executive Director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio says it would go after a major abortion provider.
"91 percent of all pregnant clients that go into Planned Parenthood come out with an abortion," says Leipold.