The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last week resulted in a 10-year-old girl in Ohio being denied access to an abortion, highlighting the real effects of the ruling on people who want to access the medical procedure.
After seeing a 10-year-old patient who was six weeks and three days pregnant, an Ohio child abuse doctor got in touch with Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Given that an Ohio abortion ban, which forbids the procedure when fetal cardiac activity starts, at around six weeks, had quickly taken effect after the high court’s decision, the patient is now traveling to Indiana from the west.
While several organizations filed a lawsuit attempting to prevent the state law from going into effect on Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency stay of the abortion ban, meaning that the ban can be upheld while the case is being reviewed, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Since the Supreme Court abolished the constitutional right to an abortion, a number of states, including Ohio, have restricted access to abortions. While legal challenges are being made, some laws are on hold.
However, given that a special session has been scheduled for later in July and the legislature is anticipated to touch on a ban on the medical procedure, Indiana may soon find itself passing its own abortion law, according to WFYI.