According to court documents, a grand jury indicted a man on Thursday who is suspected of raping and getting a ten-year-old Ohio girl pregnant while she was traveling to Indiana for an abortion.
Gerson Fuentes, age 27, a purported illegal immigrant from Guatemala, was charged with two counts of rape. According to court records, the rapes occurred between January and May of 2022, when the girl was nine years old, according to NBC4 Columbus.
Days after the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, the case gained national attention when the girl crossed state borders to end her pregnancy after Ohio’s 6-week abortion law went into force. The child has the legal right to an abortion in Ohio, according to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, because the state’s constitution allows for an exception when the mother’s life is in danger.
Joe Biden made the case for the federal right to abortion using the story. In order to try to end the pregnancy and possibly save her life, she was compelled to travel to Indiana from outside the state, according to Biden. Ten years old – ten years old! — raped, six weeks pregnant, traumatized, and compelled to go to another state.
After admitting to raping the girl, Fuentes was detained earlier in July and was being held on a $2 million bond. According to the site, he will return to court on Monday for the arraignment of his new accusations.
Rokita, who at first questioned the validity of the claim, may be sued for defamation, according to Caitlin Bernard, the physician who carried out the abortion in Indiana, who wrote a letter to Indiana officials last week.
Bernard provided the story’s first only source, although he resisted providing confirming information to several media outlets.
Rokita said Bernard has a history of “failing to report” abortion cases in an interview she made on July 13 to Fox News, calling herself a “abortion campaigner posing as a doctor.” Records, however, indicated that Bernard did report the abortion on time.
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