Changing abortion policies are forcing states to scramble

Changing abortion policies are forcing states to scramble

Indiana’s seven abortion clinics lost their licenses Thursday under the state’s new law, which allows abortions only in hospitals or hospital-owned outpatient surgical centers. More than 98% of abortions in the state were performed at these clinics in 2021.

State abortion clinics told The Associated Press they would remain open to refer patients out of state, including to neighboring Ohio.

“I thought today would be the worst day,” Dr. Katie McHugh, a provider at the Indianapolis Women’s Med abortion clinic, told the AP on Thursday. “But I think the worst day was yesterday, knowing that the patients we saw in the office yesterday were the last we would see, and knowing how much that meant to all of us who were there – the staff, the doctors and the patients. – that we were able to provide this care until the last moment.”

Dr. Alison Case — who since 2020 has provided medical abortions at the South Bend Whole Woman’s Health abortion clinic — will continue her work as a family physician in Indianapolis.

She said she was worried about the labor and delivery patients she oversees at a city hospital.

“I think there will be more people forced to carry their pregnancies to term, so I think we’ll see more deliveries,” she said. “But I think it’s important to note that we’re also going to see more of these complications.”

In Ohio, clinics were bracing for a high volume of patients from surrounding states following the judge’s ruling — though they realize it could be short-lived.

“Well, I didn’t expect it to be state-of-the-art,” said Iris Harvey, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, using new industry lingo. “For 14 days we could be.”

Clinics in Ohio that had been banned from performing most abortions will resume those services beginning Friday.

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