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10 years old & pregnant: No-one believed she existed

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There’s a ten-year-old girl who’s expecting a baby. Why did so many people deny her very existence?

A terrible report has emerged from Ohio. A 10-year-old girl who had been the victim of rape needed an abortion because she was pregnant.

However, this youngster would have to give birth to her alleged rapist’s child or leave the country because the Roe v. Wade ruling had led to a nationwide prohibition on abortions beyond six weeks of pregnancy in the United States.

“IndyStar” spoke with Indiana physician Caitlin Bernard about the case.

When President Joe Biden brought up the issue and added, “Just image being that little girl,” several people started to openly speculate as to whether the horrible nature of the tale made it impossible for it to be genuine.

Republican Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost claimed that the narrative was unsupported by “not a darn iota of proof.”

The Republican governor of South Dakota tweeted, “It appears that the tale was concocted from the beginning.” A Daily Caller reporter cited the fact that the doctor who made the case public’s refusal to disclose more details as unmistakable proof that the story was made up.

The narrative was contested by other media professionals as well. The Wall Street Journal editorial board criticized Biden for reiterating an improbable tale from a biased source that fits the progressive narrative but cannot be verified.

According to the “Washington Post” Fact Checker column, abortions on 10-year-olds are “very unusual” and the case was ascribed to a single source (the doctor).

According to Shani George, vice president of communications for “The Washington Post,” the article’s goal was to emphasize the value of meticulous reporting in a time when information travels swiftly.

At the arraignment of the alleged rapist, 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes, who police claim confessed to raping the youngster on at least two times, a reporter from the “Columbus Dispatch” was there. The story is therefore true, and may God be with us all.

There was no time to celebrate now. We are all permanently ruined when a child becomes pregnant t such a young age and her state fights to keep her that way.

However, we need to pause and think about how some people responded to this issue when it initially came to light. therefore it was a catastrophe.

A doctor first spoke on the record to the journalists about the 10-year case. old’s Every other medical story I can think of would hold a doctor’s account of a patient in high esteem.

If a surgeon explains removing a tumor for a bigger story on new surgical techniques, we do not need to interview cancer survivors. What, in the opinion of my media colleagues, should the physician—who was subject to Hipaa (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)—have done? In a news release, should the name and address of a child victim of sexual assault be provided?

The media might have used other investigative techniques to validate the narrative if they thought the doctor was lying—and their reservations implied no other explanation.
The Star and Dispatch reporters carried out that action. They searched through public records and eventually found themselves in court while the accused of this horrible crime’s bail was being discussed by the judge. (The Washington Post updated the Fact Checker story and published a news article about the alleged rapist’s arrest after he was taken into custody. The Wall Street Journal and The Daily Caller both published fresh articles.

Yost continued, “I know the cops and prosecutors in this state,” in an interview about the attorney general. Each and every one of them would be looking everywhere for this man and pursuing him. He was forbidden from wandering the streets.

This, however, disregards the fact that rapists commonly wind up “free on the streets” and that sexual assault crimes are consistently undercharged. Only around 30% of sexual assaults are ever reported to police, and less than 1% result in conviction, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.

Cops and prosecutors can search every crevice, but that won’t address typical child rape circumstances.
Young girls are frequently attacked by their own fathers, stepfathers, and uncles who extort quiet from their helpless victims by threatening the girls’ family, as opposed to strangers hiding behind rocks.

Finally, politicians and commentators came to the conclusion that the wisest political move was to blame a 10-year-old child and her doctor.

They would much rather have a made-up tale. If the story was genuine, it would imply that there are some circumstances in which abortion is both necessary and merciful. It’s not only permissible; it might even be moral.
It prevents the death of a 10-year-old girl who was about to place her little feet into stirrups and risk being torn apart by the act of labor after reportedly being raped by a guy almost three times her age.

A C-section might have been performed. Would that have been the better option? a child who was forced into having a second child undergoing major surgery?

A girl was assaulted, then punished once more by her government, then she was questioned by reporters who were trying to get to the bottom of things, and ultimately she was used as a pawn by politicians who were upset about the ramifications of her predicament.

In the end, the reality came to light. But only after many adults had converted a terrible tale about a child into a damning tale about themselves.

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