As Ohio restricts abortions, 10-year-old girl travels to Indiana for procedure

So it begins.   Females are the only ones required to let another use the resources of their body against their will.    For at least nine months in half the country women will lose all rights to control their own body, including what they wish to eat or drink because of the effect it may have on a fetus.    Hugs

On Monday three days after the Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, took a call from a colleague, a child abuse doctor in Ohio.

Hours after the Supreme Court action, the Buckeye state had outlawed any abortion after six weeks. Now this doctor had a 10-year-old patient in the office who was six weeks and three days pregnant.

Could Bernard help?

Indiana lawmakers are poised to further restrict or ban abortion in mere weeks. The Indiana General Assembly will convene in a special session July 25 when it will discuss restrictio ns to abortion policy along with inflation relief.

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But for now, the procedure still is legal in Indiana. And so the girl soon was on her way to Indiana to Bernard’s care.

Indiana abortion laws unchanged, but effect still felt across state

While Indiana law did not change last week when the Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking Dobbs decision, abortion providers here have felt an effect, experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of patients coming to their clinics from neighboring states with more restrictive policies.

Since Friday, the abortion clinics where Dr. Katie McHugh, an independent obstetrician-gynecologists works have seen “an insane amount of requests” from pregnant people in Kentucky and Ohio, where it is far more difficult to get an abortion. 

A ban on abortions after six weeks took effect on last week in Ohio. Last Friday the two abortion providers in Kentucky shut their doors after that state’s trigger law banning abortions went into effect.

Indiana soon could have similar restrictions.

That pains doctors like Bernard.

“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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For now, Indiana abortion providers have been fielding more calls from neighboring states. Typically about five to eight patients a day might hail from out of state, said McHugh, who works at multiple clinics in central and southern Indiana. Now, the clinics are seeing about 20 such patients a day.

Kentucky patients have been coming to Indiana in higher numbers since earlier this spring when more restrictive laws took effect there, McHugh said.

Indianapolis abortion clinics seeing surge in patients from Ohio, Kentucky

A similar dynamic is at play at Women’s Med, a medical center that performs abortions in Indianapolis that has a sister center in Dayton, Ohio. In the past week, they have doubled the number of patients they treat for a complete procedure, accepting many referrals from their Ohio counterpart.

More than 100 patients in Dayton had to be scheduled at the Indianapolis facility, a representative for Women’s Med, wrote in an email to IndyStar.

Women and pregnant people are “crying, distraught, desperate, thankful and appreciative,” the representative wrote. 

The two centers are working together to route patients to Indianapolis for a termination after a pre-op appointment in Dayton. In recent months, they have also had people from southern states, like Texas, come north for a procedure.

Many patients, particularly from Ohio and Kentucky, are seeking care through Women’s Med while also making multiple appointments in other states so if one state closes down, they will still have some options, the representative wrote.

The center is advising pregnant people with a positive pregnancy test to book an appointment even though prior to the Supreme Court ruling they asked people to wait until their six-week mark to do so.  

For years people have traversed state lines for abortions, particularly if a clinic across the border is closer to their home than the nearest in-state facility. 

In 2021, 465, or about 5.5% of the more than 8,400 abortions performed, were done on out-of-state residents, according to the Indiana Department of Health’s most recent terminated pregnancy report. More than half, 264, lived in Kentucky and 40 in Ohio.

Midwestern residents can also travel to Illinois, where abortion is likely to remain legal even in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling but for many Indiana is closer and until the lawmakers pass any measure to the contrary, abortion will be legal here.

Still, it remains murky what the future holds.

Thursday a lower court ruled that abortions could resume, at least for now, in Kentucky. On Wednesday abortion clinics in Ohio filed suit, saying that state’s new ban was unconstitutional.

In Indiana lawmakers have declined to provide specifics of what measures any abortion legislation considered here might contain.

For now, then, abortion providers are doing their best to accommodate all Hoosier patients as well those from neighboring states.

“We are doing the best we can to increase availability and access as long as we can, knowing that this will be a temporary time frame that we can offer that assistance,” McHugh said.


Elagabalus • 2 hours ago

Real life consequences do not concern this Supreme Court. They care only about maintaining the purity of their Catholic doctrine, people be damned.

tomcor Ecce Homo • an hour ago

Well some have lied under oath, others have cited obscure medieval judicial philosophy, and another has a wife who worked diligently to overthrow a peaceful transfer of power probably with his help…and it seems for the six rogues the Constitution be damned…yes, I’d say they’re corrupt.

Tomcat Elagabalus • an hour ago

Lets not lay this ALL on catholic doctrine, we lived years with catholic doctrine and allowed abortions. It was after protestants, mainly southern baptist got involved in controlling our government that we arrived here.

Ecce Homo Tomcat • 35 minutes ago • edited

But those two clown groups ride in the very same car, drunk with power, the pedal to the fucking metal, driving backwards into traffic on a one-way freeway. What can’t happen?

JackFknTwist • an hour ago

When Ireland banned abortion we had these same issues.
They led to repeal of the ban and a referendum allowing abortion.
A ban on abortion throws up all kinds of problems and issues.
A ban on abortion is just a doctrinaire piece of religious bullshit by zealots.

Randy Left Brooklyn • 2 hours ago

See? If Indiana doesn’t outlaw abortion, pretty soon all of the 10 year-olds will be showing up for abortions there from everywhere. Why not teach the little sluts to take advantage of the opportunities that life hands them? /s

DevilDog Randy Left Brooklyn • an hour ago • edited

Furthermore, according to various Republicans:
– If she really didn’t want the sex, then her body would have shut down the pregnancy.
– Was she dressed in a provocative manner?
– She should view the pregnancy as a blessing and as God’s will.
– And the latest: if she goes through with the abortion, she is a murderer and should be put to death.

What, me worry? Randy Left Brooklyn • an hour ago

Yeah, those 10 year old girls need to stop seducing their grandfathers! (snark–I am so pissed off about this that I can hardly type.)

Houndentenor • 2 hours ago

We’re going to get a barrage of these stories. Doctors are going to be unwilling to risk their licenses and/or jail time to assist.

Houndentenor cfa • an hour ago

2016 shattered whatever hope I had in my fellow citizens. I think they’ll think “well isn’t that awful” and then go on doing whatever they were doing before. Maybe it will wake up enough to swing an election, but probably not more than just that.

Ecce Homo • an hour ago • edited

Southeast Portico of the Jefferson Memorial:

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as a civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”
Thomas Jefferson

What, me worry? • an hour ago

Sadly there will be a lot more of these cases, and little girls and young women will DIE. This is what republicans live for–other people’s suffering.

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