Study says most patients in Ohio received abortion care after 6 weeks

Published: Jul. 15, 2022 at 9:14 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOIO) - A new study suggests that 9 in 10 patients in Ohio received abortion care after six weeks of pregnancy.

The Ohio State University study takes a deeper look at data from 2020 and 2021, before the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Ohio has since passed a law making abortion illegal after six weeks, or after a heartbeat is be detected.

According to the study, the average person learned they were pregnant at 34-days gestation.

But 25% of patients didn’t know they were pregnant before six weeks, or 42 days, researchers said in the study.

Of those who found out after the six-week mark, 86% went on to have abortions, according to the study.

The study said learning of pregnancy later is most common among patients with fewer educational and financial resources.

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