'Not a Whisper, Anywhere': Ohio AG Disputes Story Quoted By Biden About a 10-Year-Old Pregnant Rape Victim

Brittany M. Hughes | July 11, 2022
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Update: Following the publication of this article, an Ohio man was arrested on July 10 for the alleged rape of the 10-year-old victim referenced in this piece. Gerson Fuentes, 27, who reportedly was living in the United States illegally, told authorities he raped the girl at least twice, per local reports. According to police, the girl became pregnant as a result of the rape and received an abortion on June 30 in Indianapolis. 

Original Story: Ohio’s Attorney General is disputing a story recently quoted by President Joe Biden that claimed a 10-year-old pregnant girl in Ohio was forced to travel to nearby Indiana to get an abortion after the procedure was largely outlawed in her state, saying there's "not a whisper, anywhere" that any such crime was committed.

The original, one-source story, first published in the Indianapolis Star on July 8, quoted Indianapolis OBGYN Dr. Caitlin Bernard as saying she’d gotten a call from a doctor friend in Ohio asking for help for a 10-year-old girl who was a little over 6 weeks pregnant and needed an abortion. Since Ohio bans most abortions following the detection of a baby’s heartbeat – usually around 6 weeks – the girl was forced to travel to Indiana to terminate her pregnancy.

At least, that was the story.

Naturally, the tale was quickly picked up by a host of other media outlets, including Yahoo News, as a shining example of how women and little girls will suffer in the wake of Roe v. Wade’s overturning. Without pausing to verify the story, the Guardian openly declared that “[T]he case of the 10-year-old girl has placed prominent anti-abortion political figures in the position of balancing the rights of women and girls – including abuse victims – while defending abortion restrictions.”

The story was then publicly noted by President Joe Biden during a speech announcing his Executive Order promoting abortion rights.

But as it turns out, the entire story might be just that – a story.

Related: Biden’s Abortion-Pushing EO Is Just the Start Of More Anti-Life, Anti-Constitution 'Executive Action'

Speaking to Fox News Monday, Ohio Attorney General David Yost says there is no record of a 10-year-old recently being raped and impregnated in the state of Ohio.

“Not a whisper, anywhere,” Yost said when asked by Fox News’ Jesse Waters whether there have been any reports of such a crime having occurred.

“My office runs the state crime lab,” Yost continued. “Any case like this, you’re going to have a rape kit. You’re going to have biological evidence, and you would be looking for DNA analysis, which we do most of the DNA analysis in Ohio. There is no request for analysis that looks anything like this.”

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