A 10-year-old Ohio girl who was reportedly raped and refused an abortion in Ohio made global news when the Indianapolis Star, an Indiana newspaper, revealed she had to go out of state to obtain one. Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who conducted the abortion, claimed that an Ohio doctor who specializes in child abuse contacted her hours after the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade.
At the time of the surgery, the kid was six weeks and three days pregnant, therefore she was ineligible to obtain it in her native state by just three days.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost refuted an original allegation that the girl had to leave the state to have an abortion owing to trigger laws.
‘Ohio’s heartbeat law has a medical exception, which is broader than just the life of the mother,’ he said on Fox News. ‘This young girl, if she exists and if this horrible thing actually happened to her – it breaks my heart to think about it – she did not have to leave Ohio to find treatment.’
However, it is unclear if the girl’s health matched the definition of an emergency, which requires a “serious danger of considerable and permanent impairment of a key physiological function.”
On Monday, Fox News commentator Jesse Watters questioned the veracity of the tale, speculating that it may be a fake designed to politicize the 10-year-old victim following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
‘But if this horrific story isn’t accurate and the abortion doctor and the are misleading us?’ Watters asked on his show.
And the mainstream media and the president of the United States are embracing another another hoax? Then this is an awful disgrace. And fits an extremely perilous pattern of politically timed deception.’
He also chastised the media for focusing so strongly on the abortion-related components of the widely reported tale and lamented that a criminal inquiry into the rape had not yet been initiated.
‘Why isn’t anybody talking about bringing the child rapist to justice,’ Watters complained. ‘If there is a … child abuser out there in the streets of Ohio, he needs to be brought to justice, and if so-called doctors are covering child rape, they need to be prosecuted.’
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Then, on Tuesday, police arrested and charged 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes with rape after claiming he confessed to raping the child two times, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
The arraignment of Fuentes came days after some conservatives, including Ohio’s Republican attorney general and governor, raised doubts about the case. CONTINUE READING…