It seems increasingly clear that the tale of the 10-year-old Ohio rape victim who had to travel across the border to Indiana for an abortion is fiction, notwithstanding its retelling by Joe Biden. Ohio’s Attorney General now comes forward to say that there is no evidence of such a rape–punishable by life imprisonment in Ohio–being committed. Yost also apparently said that it would be legal for a 10-year-old rape victim to get an abortion in Ohio, although that isn’t in this clip and I haven’t found a longer one. But Yost’s understanding of the application of Ohio Statute Section 2919.195 to the case of a 10-year-old girl is plausible:
BREAKING: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says there is "not a whisper" that a 10-year-old child was raped and impregnated, there has been no request for crime lab results, and that Ohio's heartbeat law would have allowed such a young girl to get an abortion in the state. pic.twitter.com/oIhJzNiq52
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 11, 2022
UPDATE: It turns out, apparently, that the rape was real, and the rapist has been arrested. He is a 27-year-old illegal alien. According to local news in Columbus, the rape was reported on June 22, but as of July 11, Ohio Attorney General David Yost said he could find no evidence of a rape investigation. The alleged rapist was arrested the next day. Perhaps the national outcry over the case had something to do with the arrest.
Left unexplained is why the girl did not get an abortion in Columbus, where there are two abortion centers, one operated by Planned Parenthood. Ohio’s Attorney General says the abortion would have been legal in Ohio, and that is consistent with my reading of the Ohio statute. For some reason, the Indiana abortionist who fed this story to the press, evidently for political purposes, has gone quiet and stopped responding to inquiries. I think there is more to be learned about this story. In the meantime, I hope they throw the book at the rapist.