A 10-year-old girl who had been raped was forced to travel to Indiana to get an abortion after being denied in her state of Ohio.
The girl was six weeks and three days pregnant, making her ineligible for an abortion in Ohio where a ban on the procedure took effect on July 1, 2022.
Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Caitlin Bernard told the Indianapolis Star that a child abuse doctor in Ohio referred the child patient to her on June 27.
The case of the 10-year-old girl sparked outrage across the United States.
Abortion advocates argued that the Republican Party cannot claim to be focused on protecting life when it forces child abuse victims to carry out their pregnancies.
Indiana has seen an influx of patients seeking an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision that granted the constitutional right to abortion.
Dr. Katie McHugh, an independent obstetrician-gynecologist, told Indianapolis Star that abortion clinics have seen “an insane amount of requests” from pregnant people in Kentucky and Ohio since July 1.
Abortion in Indiana is still legal, however, state lawmakers are likely to ban or restrict abortions during an Indiana General Assembly special session on July 25.
“It’s hard to imagine that in just a few short weeks, we will have no ability to provide that care,” Bernard said.
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