The Ohio Department of Health released their annual report on induced abortions for 2012, the first year with enacted War on Women provisions1.

The abortion rate increased 3.8%, the second-highest increase on record.

This gives the lie to Ohio Right to Life’s disingenuous theory that waging the War on Women has resulted in more women realizing that they’re capable of raising another child.

Abortion levels in Ohio are the lowest in modern history, and when lawmakers pass “common-sense, pro-life approaches, good things happen,” Gonidakis said.

In reality, it looks like 2011 was a statistical outlier. Ignoring that year2, the abortion rate has continued the same general decrease since 2006.

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Hilariously, Kasich appointee and ORTL President Mike Gonidakis attributes the increase in the abortion rate to the presidential campaign and the unprecedented support for women’s access to health care.

What an egomaniac.

Women decide to continue a pregnancy based on what they feel is best for themselves and for their family. To claim that political wrangling is a strong determining factor in pregnancy termination is, frankly, a shakedown of Right to Life donors. Particularly when their press release hails the report as the “second-lowest abortion rate ever”.

This is just another reminder that the War on Women has never been about abortion. Given ORTL’s reaction, I’m inclined to think that it’s just about making money.


1 Here’s the timeline for War on Women bills:
     7/11- public hospital ban
     11/11- 20-week ban
      2/12- parental consent
      2/12- insurance ban

2 These reports aren’t superbly comprehensive, and they change the reporting requirements on a regular basis. It’s entirely possible that the 2011 figures are reflective of new ODH methodology.

Also, somebody tell the Dispatch that RU-486 isn’t the morning-after pill. If you don’t know basic facts about abortion, just don’t report on it!