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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 28, 2018

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Annual Report Points to Ohioan’s Need of Full Range of Reproductive Health Care

Today, the annual Induced Abortions in Ohio report was released by the Ohio Department of Health. In 2017, a total of 20,893 abortions were performed in Ohio - an increase of 221 procedures over the number in 2016.

Statement from Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin, Campaign Director, Planned Parenthood Votes Ohio:

“This report highlights the need to elect reproductive rights champions this November. Too much is at stake in Ohio and across the nation, with Roe v. Wade and abortion on the line. Mike DeWine has repeatedly said he will sign a six-week abortion ban, banning abortion before most women even know they’re pregnant. He has actively tried to “defund” Planned Parenthood, and has wasted taxpayer dollars defending unconstitutional laws in the courts.

“This November, we must elect candidates up and down the ballot who will increase access to comprehensive reproductive health care and education for those who need it most. Over 20,000 individuals who have an abortion across Ohio are relying on us to protect their right to control their own medical decisions, free from outside political interference. We know that abortion is a deeply personal decision for an individual, and ultimately, the decision about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child must be left to an individual, with the counsel of their health care provider. Politicians are not doctors.

“In Ohio, Planned Parenthood Votes Ohio has undertaken the largest voter outreach campaign in its history to protect access to reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion, and elect candidates, including Rich Cordray and Betty Sutton, who will fight to defend reproductive rights, women’s rights, and the rights of all marginalized communities in Ohio. This November, the stakes couldn’t be any higher.”


 Planned Parenthood Votes Ohio is an independent expenditure political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission.