The Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade has caused states to implement their own abortion policies.
A 10-year-old girl was denied an abortion in Ohio after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, making abortions illegal. This has caused states to implement their own abortion policies. According to CNN, trigger laws that immediately ban or severely limit abortions are enforceable in some states after the ruling and in other states, the bans await official action.
The child was denied access to terminating her pregnancy in Ohio where it had outlawed any abortion after six weeks. The 10-year-old was six weeks and three days pregnant. A child abuse doctor in Ohio contacted Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Indiana for help. For now, the procedure is still legal in Indiana but according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Indiana lawmakers are poised to further restrict or ban abortion in just a few weeks. “It’s hard to imagine that in just a few short weeks we will have no ability to provide that care,” Dr. Bernard said.
😱OMG: A *10-year-old girl* who is 6 weeks + 3 days pregnant was denied an #abortion in #Ohio after SCOTUS overturned #RoeVsWade.— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) July 2, 2022
A child abuse doctor in Ohio contacted an OB/Gyn in #Indiana, and the girl is now heading to Indiana.
Trigger abortion laws have been implemented in at least four states: South Dakota, Arkansas, Missouri and Wisconsin so far. A Mississippi trigger law will come into effect on July 7. CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" asked Republican Governor Kristi Noem if South Dakota would force a 10-year-old to have a baby, she replied, "This tragedy is horrific. I can't even imagine. I have never had anybody in my family or myself go through anything like this. ... But, in South Dakota, the law today is that abortions are illegal, except to save the life of the mother." The South Dakota Republican confirmed that she didn't endorse an abortion. "I don't believe a tragic situation should be perpetuated by another tragedy," she explained.
Dana Bash: Will the state of South Dakota going forward force a 10-year-old in that very same situation to have a baby?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 3, 2022
Kristi Noem: In South Dakota, the law today is that abortions are illegal except to save the life of the mother.
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She also spoke on CBS' Face the Nation. When host Margaret Brennan asked the Republican governor whether or not she is "open to exceptions for rape and incest" amidst abortion bans, she repeated her previous sentiments on the matter, "I just have never believed that having a tragedy or tragic situation happen to someone is a reason to have another tragedy occur." However, she did add, "I believe every life is precious...And we know so much more using technology and science than we did even 10, 15 years ago about what these babies go through, the pain that they feel in the womb, and will continue to make sure that those lives are protected."
Celebrities are coming forward with their own abortion stories. An effort to support people who wish to terminate their pregnancies.
Ashley Judd spoke at the 2019 Women in the World summit, where she revealed that one of her three rapes had resulted in conception. "I'm very thankful I was able to access safe and legal abortion. Because the rapist, who is a Kentuckian, as am I, and I reside in Tennessee, has paternity rights in Kentucky and Tennessee. I would've had to co-parent with my rapist," she said, according to PEOPLE. "Having safe access to abortion was personally important to me and, as I said earlier, democracy starts with our skin. We're not supposed to regulate what we choose to do with our insides."
Ashley Judd Discusses Decision to Have an Abortion: I'd Have 'Had to Co-Parent with My Rapist' https://t.co/jWWKX6te4O— Buck Angel® TRANSSEXUAL MAN (@BuckAngel) April 12, 2019
Uma Thurman penned her story as part of a personal essay for The Washington Post. The now mother of three said she was impregnated as a teen by a much older man while working in Europe, and terminating the pregnancy was "the hardest decision of my life." "[It] caused me to anguish then and that saddens me even now, but it was the path to the life full of joy and love that I have experienced. Choosing not to keep that early pregnancy allowed me to grow up and become the mother I wanted and needed to be," she wrote.
Maya Hawke is speaking out against the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade by sharing support for her mother Uma Thurman's abortion story: 'If she hadn't had it…I wouldn't exist.' https://t.co/KBgtuTl932— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 3, 2022