A 10-year-old girl who became pregnant as the result of a horrific rape was refused an abortion under the new rules against abortion in the US.
The girl was six weeks pregnant but was left unable to have a termination after the state of Ohio changed its laws to outlaw abortions after six weeks, just hours after the controversial overturning of Roe v Wade by the US Supreme Court.
Three days after the ruling was made, the child attended a hospital in the state, where a child abuse doctor discovered she was pregnant, according to local media. But there was nothing she could do.
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The girl went across the state border to Indiana to undergo a termination, where a more liberal abortion regime remains in place.
However, there are fears that this route could soon be closed to even the most vulnerable women and girls, as state legislatures across the country suggest that fellow states will be confined to the same abortion restrictions in place in Ohio.
Around half of all states in the US are expected to ban or severely restrict abortion rights since the Supreme Court overturned 50 years of federal protection for abortion rights.
Immediately after the decision, 'trigger bans' came into force in 13 states, primarily in the west and south of the US. These states had previously passed laws which were designed to be ready to go within 30 days of any prospective overturning of Roe v Wade.
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In Ohio, abortion is banned after foetal cardiac activity can first be detected, which usually happens at six weeks of gestation – before many women are aware they are pregnant.
Some Democratic states have responded by strengthening abortion rights since the court’s decision, including opening the door to women who need to travel for an abortion.
New Jersey introduced legislation designed to allow women who venture to the state seeking abortions to do so without fear of prosecution or civil litigation from their home states.
The New York Senate passed an amendment to the state constitution to codify the right to an abortion, as well as the right to contraception.
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