a 10-year-old girl forced to change state to have an abortion

Living in Ohio, which has lowered the legal deadline to be able to have an abortion to six weeks, the little girl had to go to neighboring Indiana, where abortion remains, for the moment, legal. In this state, demands are increasing.

Ten days after the decision of the American Supreme Court to revoke the federal right to abortion, testimonies are already pouring into the media, like so many illustrations of the concrete consequences on the lives of millions of American women. In Ohio, a 10-year-old girl was forced to go to neighboring Indiana for an abortion. This is reported by theIndianapolis Star this Saturday, without giving details of the child.

The daily notes, however, that the girl was taken care of in Indiana by gynecologist Caitlin Bernard, at the request of one of her colleagues from Ohio, specializing in child sexual abuse, three days after the Court’s decision. supreme. Because in the process, several states, which had provided for “trigger laws”, that is to say laws that can come into force as soon as the Roe v. Wade, banned abortion.

And others, like Ohio, have severely restricted access to abortion. In this state, the legal deadline for an abortion has been lowered to six weeks. The little girl was six weeks and three days pregnant.

Compulsory trips for abortion

In Indiana, abortion remains legal but it could soon no longer be: State legislators will consider the possibility of adopting new laws restricting abortion during the month of July.

In the meantime, as theIndianapolis Star, many people travel to Indiana to have an abortion. One of the clinics, quoted by the daily, says it is facing a “crazy amount of requests” from pregnant women from Ohio or Kentucky, neighboring states.

Five to eight patients a day before the revocation of Roe v. Wade, the number of patients from neighboring states has increased to about 20 a day in Indiana.

Emotion in the United States

The story of this little girl has caused a stir in the United States, and in particular within the Democratic camp, which defends the right to abortion. “A 10-year-old sexual abuse victim is denied an abortion in Ohio because she is six weeks and three days pregnant. It’s crazy. She’s ten years old!” tweeted Josh Stein, the Attorney General of North Carolina.

Gavi Begtrup, Democratic candidate for the Ohio State Capitol, seat of the state legislature, also reacted strongly on Saturday: “A 10-year-old girl is being raped. The state is forcing her to stay pregnant and telling her to see it as ‘an opportunity.’ It didn’t happen in Iran. It didn’t happen in Gilead [référence à la série “The Handmaid’s Tale”]. It’s not hypothetical. It happened today in Ohio.”

Gavi Begtrup refers to statements by an elected official from Ohio, Jean Schmidt. Asked about the hypothetical rape of a teenage girl, who would become pregnant, the elected official affirmed that it gave the young girl “the opportunity” to help her child become “a productive human being”.

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