After Roe v. Wade was overturned, an Ohio girl, 10, was forced to fly out of the state for an abortion. Gerson Fuentes, 27, has been accused of raping her. The infant was required to fly to Indianapolis, Indiana, where a medical abortion was performed on June 30.
A statewide ban on abortions in Ohio after the sixth week of pregnancy—before many women are aware they are pregnant—went into effect just hours after the supreme court's decision to reverse Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling that had established a constitutional right to abortion.
A local agency, Franklin County Children Services, referred the police to the child's pregnancy in late June. Detective Jeffrey Huhn said that the mother of the 10-year-old made the referral.
Fuentes is being held on a $2 million bond, the court reports. Fuentes entered a guilty plea and acknowledged raping the young girl at least twice.
When the Indianapolis Star newspaper revealed that the young girl had come to Indiana to obtain a medical abortion, the situation attracted widespread attention. She was three days past Ohio's six-week abortion limit, which does not allow exceptions for incest or rape, according to the report.
Many conservative media sites expressed suspicion about the scenario in earlier days when President Biden spoke about it and criticized Ohio's abortion prohibition. Fox News, The New York Post, and The Wall Street Journal were among the media outlets that were outraged by the president's remarks.
Many of the items published by these outlets had headlines that implied the case was made up.
The Wall Street Journal article "An Abortion Story Too Good to Confirm" was published.
The New York Post published an opinion piece with the heading "Activist account of a 10-year-old rape victim's abortion appears like a hoax," which has now been modified.
The most well-known host of Fox News, Tucker Carlson, expressed his thoughts on the situation on Tuesday, asking: "Why did the Biden administration, speaking of lying, just repeat a story about a 10-year-old child who got pregnant, then got an abortion or wasn't allowed to get an abortion when it turns out the story was not true?"
Not just media outlets expressed doubts about the circumstance.
Jim Jordan, a representative, tweeted, "Another falsehood. Anyone shocked? Regarding this case, this tweet was made.
Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota, tweeted on July 8 that "now it looks like the narrative was bogus, to begin with." Literal #FakeNews coming from the left-leaning media.
Additionally, Republican Ohio attorney general Dave Yost stated to Fox News on Monday that there was "not a whisper" of proof to back up the claim. Yost asserted that the information was "more likely than not a fake" in a subsequent interview with USA Today because neither an arrest nor any evidence had been found.
Immediately after the arrest, Yost remarked, "For the suffering, this young boy is going through, my heart breaks. I appreciate the Columbus police department's hard work in eliciting a confession and taking a rapist off the streets."
In response to Roe v. Wade's overturn, 26 US states currently either severely restrict abortions or are anticipated to do so soon.
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