10-year-old was forced to cross state lines for an abortion
Doctors in Ohio's neighbouring Indiana reported an increase in out-of-state patients seeking care after the state outlawed abortion after six weeks. A pregnant 10-year-old was one of them.
Three days after the federal right to an abortion was overturned, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Indianapolis, told the Indianapolis Star that she received a call from a colleague
a child abuse doctor in Ohio, who wanted her assistance. The doctor's 10-year-old expectant patient was no longer able to receive the treatment in her native state due to regulatory restrictions.
Abortion is permitted in Indiana up to 22 weeks after the last menstrual cycle of the pregnant woman, at least for the time being.
However, Indiana lawmakers have planned a special session of the legislature for later this month to discuss the state's abortion regulations.
Republicans in the state's legislature, who currently have a supermajority, have indicated they want to further limit the practise.
Despite the surge in patients travelling across state lines for treatment, Bernard may not be able to assist individuals in need of the operation in the future because Indiana is expected to restrict access to abortions.
Bernard, who consented to assist the patient, said to the Indianapolis Star, "It's hard to fathom that in just a few short weeks we will be unable to provide that care.
Insider's request for response from Bernard was not immediately answered.
Another nearby state, Illinois, where abortion is likely to remain legal, is preparing for an inflow of patients seeking care from another nearby state, Ohio, Kentucky, or Missouri, where the procedure is more strictly limited.
Planned Parenthood Illinois anticipates that an extra 20,000–30,000 patients will travel across the state's border annually to get abortions.