Ohio restricts abortion, so a 10-year-old girl travels to Indiana for procedures

Monday 3 days later The Supreme Court has ruled groundbreaking to overturn the Roe v. Wade case.Dr. Kaitlyn Bernard, an Indianapolis gynecologist, received a call from a colleague who is a doctor of child abuse in Ohio.

Hours after the Supreme Court proceedings, Buckeye outlawed abortion six weeks later. Currently, the doctor was in the clinic with a 10-year-old patient who was pregnant for 6 weeks and 3 days.

Can Bernard help me?

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But for now, this procedure is still legal in Indiana. And the girl was on her way to Indiana to take care of Bernard immediately.

Indiana’s abortion law hasn’t changed, but it’s working state-wide.

Indiana law did not change when the Supreme Court ruled a groundbreaking Dobbs last week, but abortion donors here come to clinics from neighboring states with more restrictive policies. The number of patients increased dramatically and I felt the impact.

Since Friday, the abortion clinic, where independent obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Katie Mack has worked, has “very many demands” from pregnant people in Kentucky and Ohio, where it is much harder to get an abortion. I have seen.

Ban on abortion after 6 weeks Effective in Ohio last week.. Last Friday, two Kentucky abortion providers closed their doors after the state’s trigger law banning abortions came into force.

Indiana may soon have similar restrictions.

It afflicts doctors like Bernard.

“It’s hard to imagine that in just a few weeks, we’ll lose the ability to provide that care,” Bernard said.

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So far, Indiana abortion providers are making more calls from neighboring states. Approximately 5-8 patients can typically hail from outside the state each day, according to McHugh, who works in multiple clinics in central and southern Indiana. Currently, about 20 patients are examined daily in the clinic.

Patients in Kentucky have come to Indiana in greater numbers since the beginning of this spring, when more restrictive legislation came into force, McHugh said.

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A similar move can be seen at Women’s Med, an abortion medical center in Indianapolis, which has a sister center in Dayton, Ohio. Last week, they doubled the number of patients treated for a complete procedure and accepted many referrals from Ohio responders.

The Indianapolis facility, which represents Women’s Med, had to schedule more than 100 patients in Dayton.

Women and pregnant people “cry, distraught, desperate, grateful, grateful,” the representative wrote.

The two centers are working together to route patients to Indianapolis for post-surgery termination at Dayton. In recent months, people from southern states like Texas have come north for procedures.

Many patients, especially from Ohio and Kentucky, seek care through Women’s Med, making multiple appointments in other states, so even if one state is closed, there are several options. ..

The center advises pregnant people with a positive pregnancy test to make an appointment, even though they have asked people to wait until the 6-week mark before the Supreme Court’s ruling.

For years, people have crossed state boundaries due to abortion, especially if the cross-border clinic is closer to their home than the nearest state facility.

In 2021, approximately 5.5% of 465 abortions, or more than 8,400 abortions, were performed on out-of-state residents, according to the latest abortion report from the Indiana Department of Health. More than half, 264 people lived in Kentucky and 40 lived in Ohio.

Midwestern residents can also travel to Illinois. In Illinois, abortion may remain legal despite a recent Supreme Court ruling, but many Indiana are closer and abortion will be legal here until lawmakers take opposition. increase.

Still, it remains unclear what the future holds.

Thursday Inferior court ruled The abortion could resume in Kentucky, at least for now.At the abortion clinic on Wednesday Ohio filed proceedingsSaid that the state’s new ban was unconstitutional.

In Indiana, lawmakers refused to provide details of the measures that may be included in the abortion law being considered here.

So far, abortion providers are doing their best to accommodate all Hoosier patients, not just those from neighboring states.

“This is a temporary time frame and we are doing our best to improve availability and access as much as possible, knowing that we can provide that support,” McHugh said.

Contact the IndyStar reporter Shari Rudavsky (shari.rudavsky@indystar.com). Follow her on Facebook and Twitter: @srudavsky.

This article was originally published in Columbus Dispatch: Ohio girl, 10 years old, among patients going to Indiana to have an abortion