The devastating effects of the US Supreme Court’s abortion decision have come to light in the case of a 10-year-old Ohio child rape victim who was six weeks pregnant, ineligible for an abortion in her home state, and forced to fly to Indiana for the surgery.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate 1973’s Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Indianapolis, informed The Cincinnati Enquirer that she had terminated a pregnancy for a 10-year-old girl who had traveled from Ohio.
A child abuse physician in Ohio referred her to the patient on Monday after the state barred abortion after six weeks of pregnancy in response to the SCOTUS decision. The pregnant girl was six weeks, three days along.
Despite the fact that abortion is still legal in Indiana, Dr. Bernard is concerned that soon medical professionals there won’t be able to offer the procedure either because state legislators are anticipated to further restrict or outright outlaw it on July 25 during a special session of the Indiana General Assembly.
It’s difficult to believe that we won’t be able to offer that service in just a few short weeks, Dr. Bernard added.
Since the SCOTUS decision, Indiana abortion clinics have experienced an increase in out-of-state clients. Another Indiana ob-gyn, Dr. Katie McHugh, told the Enquirer that she has received “an incredible amount of inquiries” from Ohio and Kentucky, with the number of out-of-state calls increasing from five to eight per day to about twenty.
Ohio abortion clinics have filed a lawsuit seeking to declare the state’s six-week ban unconstitutional, while a Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked the state from passing a “trigger ban” on abortion.
In the past, Joe Biden has reiterated his support for abortion, saying at a press conference on Thursday in Madrid that he will have news to share after meeting with some governors this weekend.