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Outrage as 10-year-old abuse victim denied abortion in Ohio amid restrictive ban

Outrage as 10-year-old abuse victim denied abortion in Ohio amid restrictive ban

The 10-year-old girl was forced to travel west to neighboring Indiana to access an abortion.

Trigger warning: This article contains incident(s) of sexual assault that readers may find disturbing

A child abuse victim has been denied abortion in the state of Ohio after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. The restrictive abortion laws in Republican state has outlawed any abortion after six weeks into pregnancy, a point when many aren't even aware of their pregnancy.  

According to the Indianapolis Star, the 10-year-old girl was six weeks and three days pregnant when she contacted a child abuse doctor in Ohio, revealed Indiana obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Caitlin Bernard. Due to the recent ban, the young girl like many others has been forced to travel west to neighboring Indiana to access an abortion. 

Unfortunately, seeking abortion services across state lines could cease to be an option for pregnant people soon, especially in states Kentucky. Meanwhile, the Indiana legislature will hold a special session to consider further abortion rules. "It’s hard to imagine that in just a few short weeks we will have no ability to provide that care," noted Dr. Bernard who ultimately treated the 10-year-old girl.



 

 

The story of the young abuse victim has sparked intense outrage across the country, with abortion advocates arguing that the Republicans can no longer claim to be protecting life while forcing victims of child abuse to carry their pregnancies to its term. "The Republican Party platform: Government-mandated pregnancies for 10-year-olds," said California governor Gavin Newsom.

"The relentless sanctimony with which anti-abortion activists claim the moral high ground while forcing 10-year-olds and rape victims to remain pregnant against their will is perverse and repulsive," tweeted legal commentator Mark Joseph Stern. In some states, abortion bans are absolute which means that even rape, incest, and abuse victims are no exceptions, according to The Independent

South Dakota governer Kristi Noem defended the abortion laws supporting Ohio's laws that would have forced the 10-year-old to have her baby. Regarding the story of the girl as "horrific," Noem said that the little girl's story would keep her up at night. However, she explained that states like South Dakota which ban abortions except the ones required to save a pregnant person's life are right in whatever they are doing.



 

"What I would say is I don’t believe a tragic situation should be perpetuated by another tragedy. There’s more that we’ve got to do to make sure we really are living a life that says every life is precious, especially innocent lives that have been shattered like that 10-year-old girl," Noem told CNN. 

When questioned whether forcing a child to have a baby was considered a medical risk to the mother, Noem said, "That situation, the doctors, the family, the individuals closest to that will make the decisions for that family." 

Cover image source: Getty | Photo by Tasos Katopodis

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