Did you hear of a ten-year-old who had to go to Indiana to get an abortion? She was raped, but in her home state of Ohio, things got delayed. It gets better. The GOP knows this story is really bad. No, not because a fourth grader was raped and had to get an abortion in another state. If we have learned anything is that the GOP went so far as to deny the story happened.
It is bad for the party that told us that women did not need body autonomy. Or who denied this would happen. The Columbus Dispatch has this part of the story. They also report the rapist has been arrested and finally charged. If there is a reality that rape is rarely prosecuted.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost questioned the validity of the account during an appearance on Fox News this week.
Yost, a Republican, told Fox News host Jesse Watters that his office had not heard “a whisper” of a report being filed for the 10-year-old victim.
”We have regular contact with prosecutors and local police and sheriffs — not a whisper anywhere,” Yost said on the show.
Yost doubled down on that in an interview with the USA TODAY Network Ohio bureau on Tuesday, saying that the more time passed before confirmation made it “more likely that this is a fabrication.”
”I know the cops and prosecutors in this state,” Yost said. “There’s not one of them that wouldn’t be turning over every rock, looking for this guy and they would have charged him. They wouldn’t leave him loose on the streets … I’m not saying it could not have happened. What I’m saying to you is there is not a damn scintilla of evidence.”
Then there are stories of women presenting to the Emergency Department bleeding, and doctors have to consult lawyers to see how they care for them. This is via the Washington Post:
There was a woman in Wisconsin carrying a fetus with anencephaly, a fatal birth defect in which parts of the brain and skull are missing. With abortion likely illegal in the state, the clinic had canceled her appointment for a termination later that day. But forcing her to continue the pregnancy was cruel and risked complications. What should I do? the doctor wrote.
As colleagues in other parts of the Midwest responded…