2nd July, 2022
A 10-year-old girl, based in Ohio, who was denied an abortion following the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, has sought help out-of-state in Indiana.
A child abuse doctor in Ohio contacted Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Obstetrician-Gynecologist
in Indiana, after receiving the 10-year-old patient who was six weeks and three days pregnant, the Indianapolis Star reported.
That patient is now heading west to Indiana given that an abortion ban in Ohio, which prohibits the medical procedure when fetal cardiac activity begins, around six weeks, had become effective quickly after the high court issued its decision.
While several groups filed a lawsuit seeking to block the state law from taking effect on Wednesday, an emergency stay of the abortion ban was rejected by the Ohio Supreme Court on Friday.
This meant that the ban can be upheld as the case is reviewed, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Ohio is among a number of states that have rolled back abortion access since the Supreme Court eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion.
Some laws have been paused pending legal challenges.
But Indiana could soon find itself passing its own abortion law later this month given that a special session has been scheduled for later in July.