A 10-year-old was forced to cross state lines for an abortion after Ohio's ban went into place. The Indiana doctor who helped her will soon be unable to assist others.

Pro-abortion protesters hold placards during a rally at the Columbia County Courthouse.Photo by Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Ohio banned abortions six weeks after Roe v. Wade last week.
Doctors in neighboring Indiana described an influx of patients from abroad seeking help.
Among those who traveled across state lines to obtain an abortion was a pregnant 10-year-old.
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After six weeks of abortion being banned in Ohio, doctors in neighboring Indiana described an influx of patients from abroad seeking help. Among them: a pregnant 10-year-old.
dr Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, told the Indianapolis Star that just three days after federal abortion laws were repealed, she received a call from a colleague, a child abuse doctor in Ohio, who needed her help. The doctor had a pregnant patient, a 10-year-old, who could no longer legally undergo the procedure in her home state.
At least in Indiana, abortion is legal up to 22 weeks after a pregnant person's last menstrual cycle. Indiana politicians, however, scheduled a special legislative session later this month to consider abortion laws. The Republican legislature, which holds an overwhelming majority in the state, indicates that it intends to further restrict the process.
Despite the influx of patients seeking care across state lines, with access to abortions likely to be limited in Indiana, Bernard's ability to help those seeking the procedure in the future is uncertain.
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"It's hard to imagine that in just a few short weeks we won't be able to provide that care," Bernard, who agreed to help the 10-year-old patient, told the Indianapolis Star.
Bernard did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
Other nearby states, including Illinois, where abortion is likely to remain legal, are bracing for an influx of patients seeking care from nearby states where the procedure is more restricted, including Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri.
Planned Parenthood Illinois expects the state will see a total of 20,000 to 30,000 additional patients crossing its border to obtain abortions each year.
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