The top law enforcement officer in Ohio has found no evidence of a ten-year-old rape victim fleeing the state to end her tragic pregnancy as claimed by President Joe Biden and pro-choice advocates.
The tale struck a chord with readers after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to reverse Roe v. Wade and allow states to regulate, prohibit, or even ban abortion. But the core assertion began to unravel late last week amid a telling absence of essential information. In an interview on Fox News, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost added more doubt to the narrative.
“We have regular communication with prosecutors and local cops and sheriffs,” Yost said in response to a question from Jesse Watters. “There isn’t a hint of anything anywhere.”
Yost said he thinks such a terrible scenario would be addressed by his department.
“My office is in charge of the state crime lab,” he added. “Whenever a case like this occurs, you’re going to need a rape kit, biological evidence, and DNA analysis. There isn’t any case request for anything even remotely similar on record.”
Biden repeated a claim that originally appeared in a July 1 Indianapolis Star story, which quoted an Indiana doctor who said the girl was forced to go to Indiana for her abortion. The physician, Indianapolis ob-gyn Caitlan Bernard, stated that she had been contacted by an Ohio “child abuse physician” about the case. But Yost also noted that even after the Supreme Court’s decision, Ohio’s so-called Heartbeat Law would have allowed an abortion in a situation like this.
Biden charged that several sections of the country are regressing “a huge step backward” in the wake of the high court’s decision. He mentioned a number of states that have implemented stringent abortion rules, which he defined as “extremist.”
“This isn’t a made-up nightmare,” Biden continued. “It’s already happened. It was reported last week that a 10-year-old girl in Ohio had been raped—and she was compelled to leave the state and go to Indiana in order to try to end her pregnancy and maybe save her life. She was raped when she was ten years old. Pregnant for six weeks. Extremely traumatized. Was forced to travel across state lines. Just — I’m being serious here — just imagine being a 10-year-old girl who has been raped six weeks pregnant. Ten years old.”
The Washington Post was one of the first to notice that Biden’s claim originated with Bernard, whom he credited as being “the only source for the story.” The left-leaning publication also correctly pointed out that under Ohio law, a doctor must notify the local child welfare or law enforcement agency about any instance of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or neglect of a kid, whether it is proven or suspected. There has been no sign of such a disclosure.