Russian activism group Pussy Riot films pro-abortion demonstration at Indiana Statehouse

Rory Appleton, Indianapolis Star
Nov 14, 2023

Russian feminist activism group Pussy Riot filmed demonstrations outside of and within the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday as part of a multimedia project protesting Indiana’s near-total abortion ban.

Nadya Tolokonnikova, creator of the group that rose to prominence through early 2010s protests in her native Russia, led a gathering of 18 women – mostly Indiana University students. The group, dressed in black slip dresses, black boots and wearing pearl necklaces and bright-pink balaclava face coverings painted with black anarchy symbols and black crosses, gathered outside the Statehouse just before 8 a.m. Within minutes, they had inflated a large pink vagina and begun filming.


USA – As Abortion Access Shrinks, Hospitals Fill in the Gaps

By Allison McCann, Photographs by Jamie Kelter Davis
Oct. 23, 2023
For this article, Allison McCann and Jamie Kelter Davis spent time with a patient from Indiana as she underwent an abortion at a Chicago hospital.

A. wanted a cheeseburger and to go home. She had made the three-hour trip from Indianapolis to Chicago a day earlier and had been at the hospital since 6:30 a.m., with an empty stomach, waiting to be taken into an operating room to have an abortion.

It was her second trip to Chicago in two weeks, and the third time she had tried to end her pregnancy.


Indiana is the crossroads of America’s abortion debate and our future is bleak

Drs. Caroline Rouse and Sherrine Ibrahim, Indianapolis Star
Sep 1, 2023

Ever since Indiana’s near-total abortion ban went into effect, we find ourselves counting.

Counting the weeks since four judges with no medical training stripped Hoosiers of their bodily autonomy. Counting the days of travel more patients will endure and the thousands of dollars they’ll spend – on gas, hotels, childcare – to seek safe, evidence-based health care outside of Indiana. Counting the hours that high-risk patients will wait until their lives are sufficiently “at risk” before we are allowed to intervene. Counting the minutes we have to grieve the unnecessary, preventable suffering before pulling ourselves together and jumping back into this crisis that could have – should have – been avoided.

We are maternal-fetal medicine subspecialists, which means we care for Indiana’s sickest pregnant patients. We routinely care for patients with serious medical complications such as severe heart disease, cancer, uncontrolled diabetes, and hypertension. We also diagnose complex fetal anomalies, including those that are lethal, as well as conditions that develop during pregnancy that might risk a patient’s life or their fetus. For our patients, abortion is a critical health care service.


Abortion bans force doctors like me to watch women suffer. I won’t be silent.

In the last six months, I’ve been denied the ability to publicly advocate against legislation that will harm patients. But I will no longer be silenced, no matter what comes next.

Dr. Caitlin Bernard, Opinion contributor
July 2, 2023

One year ago, we watched in fear as abortion bans rolled out in state after state. One year ago, we began to see firsthand the real consequences of women and girls losing access to critical medical care. And almost one year ago, I spoke about what I was witnessing to warn others, in the hope that I could prevent even one more person experiencing trauma. In response, I was personally attacked on national television by the very people elected to “protect” us.

You might be wondering why I have been quiet for the last six months. It’s because I have been effectively gagged as I fight to keep my medical license and my ability to continue providing critical medical care in the Midwest.


A 10-year-old Ohio rape victim got an abortion. Now her doctor is being punished.

Reprimanding Caitlin Bernard for speaking out could have far-reaching chilling effects.

By Nicole Narea
May 26, 2023

The case of a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim who sought an abortion in Indiana just after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year became a major flashpoint in the political debate. On Thursday, her doctor was reprimanded and fined for discussing the case — and physicians worry that it will have a chilling effect on any kind of patient advocacy that conflicts with the political agenda of state lawmakers.

The Indiana medical board found that Caitlin Bernard, an OB-GYN, violated patient privacy laws in publicly disclosing that she had performed the abortion without the consent of the patient or their parents, even though she never named the patient and only provided a general outline of the case, as doctors typically do when performing health advocacy. She will be fined $3,000 and issued a letter of reprimand, but will be allowed to keep her medical license.


As abortions become harder to access, groups in Kentucky and Indiana raise money to help people get them

Louisville Public Media | By Morgan Watkins
Published May 21, 2023

Organizations across the country provide financial and other assistance to people seeking an abortion. And for a lot of people, it became much harder – and more expensive – to get an abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated a nationwide right to abortion last summer.

Kentucky outlawed nearly all abortions last year. So now Kentuckians have to go to clinics in other states, like Illinois, Indiana and Virginia, to legally access abortion.


Indiana abortion clinics see patients amid legal changes

It’s a glimmer of hope and common sense,” Dr. Jeanne Corwin, who traveled from Cincinnati to Indianapolis on Friday to provide abortions, said of last week’s ruling blocking Indiana’s abortion ban.

Sept. 25, 2022
By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Dr. Jeanne Corwin traveled about two hours on Friday from her hometown of Cincinnati to an Indianapolis abortion clinic, where she saw the clinic’s first 12 patients the day after an Indiana judge blocked the state’s abortion ban from being enforced.

It’s a trip Corwin has made several times over the past few months, as her Ohio medical license allows her to sign off on required paperwork for Women’s Med patients in Indiana to access care in the clinic’s sister location in Dayton.


Near-total abortion ban takes effect in Indiana: “My patients are being stripped of human rights”

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

A sweeping new abortion ban went into effect in Indiana Thursday, outlawing the procedure with limited exceptions. The state was the first in the nation to pass legislation after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.

Most of the lights are now off at Women's Med, an Indianapolis abortion provider. The clinic is among two Indiana providers slated to close, while the state's five remaining clinics will offer limited health care.


Indiana becomes first US state post-Roe to ban most abortions

Republican governor Eric Holcomb signs bill into law that severely restricts access to abortions with only limited exceptions

Associated Press
Sat 6 Aug 2022

Indiana’s state legislature has become the first in the US to pass new legislation restricting access to abortions since the federal supreme court overturned Roe v Wade.

The bill went to the state’s Republican governor, Eric Holcomb, who signed it into law on Friday night.


Doctor who treated 10-year-old rape victim sends Indiana AG cease and desist letter

Todd Rokita suggested the doctor may have violated a state law requiring doctors to report such incidents, but records show she complied with those requirements.

July 15, 2022
By Dareh Gregorian

The lawyer for a doctor who provided abortion services to a 10-year-old rape victim sent Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita a cease-and-desist letter Friday demanding he stop making "false or misleading statements" about the physician.

The letter comes after a Fox News interview Wednesday where Rokita said he was investigating Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who made international headlines earlier this month when she told The Indianapolis Star that she treated a 10-year-old rape victim who couldn’t get an abortion in her home state of Ohio because of a “fetal heartbeat“ law. The state law, which was enacted after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, outlaws abortions at around the sixth week of pregnancy. Bernard said the girl was just over six weeks pregnant.