The case of a 10-year-old child rape victim in Ohio who was six weeks pregnant, ineligible for an abortion in her own state, and forced to travel to Indiana for the procedure has spotlighted the shocking impact of the US supreme court ruling on abortion.
The story of the girl came to light three days after the court overturned a nationwide right to terminate pregnancy, and Ohio’s six-week “trigger ban” came into effect.
Dr Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, said she had received a call from a colleague doctor in Ohio who treats child abuse victims and asked for help. Indiana’s lawmakers have not yet banned or restricted abortion, but they are likely to do so when a special session of the state assembly convenes later this month.
The story went viral until conservatives started to look into the story and found a lot of holes.
First off, there is only one source for the story and the rest are “unnamed sources.” Second, Ohio’s attorney general (who would gladly prosecute the rape) said that he hasn’t heard a thing. He also added that under Ohio law the 10-year-old girl could have gotten a lawful abortion.
Here is Joe Biden last Friday repeating the story of the 10-year-old in Ohio being raped and forced to travel to Indiana for an abortion.
Ohio AG Dave Yost just said there is no police report, crime lab request, and that she could’ve gotten an abortion under the heartbeat law. pic.twitter.com/hWasoHqgqE