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Abortions Rise for First Time in Decade; Women Push for Rights
COLUMBUS (AP) -- A Statehouse rally opposing Ohio laws that limit access to abortions and other women's health care is drawing participants from around the state and country.
Members of more than 50 women's groups, labor unions and others are expected at Wednesday's event. The "We Won't Go Back" rally takes issue with funding cuts to Planned Parenthood as well as abortion-related restrictions placed on Ohio's publicly funded hospitals and on counselors at taxpayer-funded rape crisis centers.
Feminist Majority Foundation president Ellie Smeal is among speakers.
Smeal says she hopes the rally will show Ohio's Republican-dominated Legislature that Ohio women don't want clinics to close that provide inexpensive services including pap smears, birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and abortions.
Abortion opponents are urging Ohio legislators to impose more stringent abortion restrictions.An annual state report shows slightly more abortions were logged in Ohio last year than in 2011, marking the first increase in more than a decade.
The Department of Health says 25,473 abortions were reported in Ohio in 2012. That's about 700 more than in 2011, when the number hit its lowest level since the data-tracking started in 1976. The number had decreased annually between 2000 and 2011.
The report doesn't speculate on reasons for the latest year-to-year increase, though it notes an unusually small number of abortions were reported for January 2011. Doctors must inform the state about induced abortions through confidential reports, which are used to compile the data.
Most of the patients last year were Ohio residents. About one-third of the women were ages 20 to 24.
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