Joe Biden Repeats Story of a 10-Year-Old Rape Victim Denied Abortion but Is This Story Even Real? – Opinion

Monday, Joe Biden announced his executive order to “protect access to abortion.” My colleague Nick Arama has the overview at Biden Signs Executive Order on Abortion Rights.

Biden is a liar and a liar as usual. The way he operates is like the old political joke of “George Washington couldn’t tell a lie. Richard Nixon couldn’t tell the truth (though he’s probably been superseded by both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama for that honor). Joe Biden couldn’t tell the difference.”

If time permits, I’ll hit some of the egregious whoppers he told later, but I want to cover one story that I believe to be a whopper, but Joe Biden is not responsible for it.

Last week, it was revealed that a 10-year-old girl had been raped. She was 10 years old and was forced to leave the state for Indiana in order to end her pregnancy. The last sentence is mine. Ten years. Ten years. Raped. Six weeks pregnant. Traumatized already. Was forced to go to another state. You can imagine being this little girl. I’m serious. Imagine being that little girl. Ten years old. Does anyone believe it is Ohio’s majority view that that should not be able to be dealt with? In any other nation state? A ten-year-old girl should be forced to give birth to a rapist’s child? I can tell you what, I don’t. I can’t think of anything that’s much more extreme.

This story first appeared in The Indianapolis Star in a story headlined As Ohio restricts abortions, 10-year-old girl travels to Indiana for procedure with a byline by Shari Rudavsky and Rachel Fradette (the Indy Star and Columbus Dispatch are both Gannett papers, the Dispatch version is at the link).

On Monday three days after the Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, took a call from a colleague, a child abuse doctor in Ohio.

The Supreme Court’s action was hours away and the Buckeye State had already banned any kind of abortion within six weeks. This doctor now had a patient aged 10 years old in his office, who was three weeks and six days pregnant.

Bernard, could you help?

The Indiana legislature is poised to restrict and ban abortion within a matter of weeks. In Indiana, the General Assembly will meet in special session on July 25, where it will debate restrictions and inflation relief.

The procedure is still legal in Indiana for the moment. And so the girl soon was on her way to Indiana to Bernard’s care.

This is it for the story of the girl.

FOX6 Milwaukee worked together on the story and presented it in this manner.

Six weeks and three days pregnant, the young victim of rape was denied an abortion in Ohio. The state prohibits this procedure after six weeks. Fetal cardiac activity could be detected.

An Ohio child abuse doctor, who determined the term of the girl’s pregnancy, referred her to Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Caitlin Bernard, three days after the Supreme Court ruling, the Indianapolis Star first reported. An abortion ban had not taken effect in Indiana and the girl traveled to Bernard’s office to have the procedure.

There were no additional details about the girl’s situation or the circumstances of what happened possibly based on her age, according to a Huffington Post story.

Huffington Post’s story almost mirrors the Indianapolis Star’s story word-for-word. It seems its sole purpose is to make it seem like there was a lot more reporting done than actually happened.

The girl was referred for an abortion on Monday, three days after the Roe decision, to Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Caitlin Bernard, she told the Indy Star. According to the newspaper, Bernard was contacted by an Ohio child abuse doctor who determined the girl’s pregnancy time at six weeks and three day.

The girl was soon en route to Bernard’s care. She did not provide any further details.

The story took on a new life. Megan Fox from our sister publication PJ Media asked some still unanswered questions.

Megan Fox did a thorough deconstruction of this story, and explained why it raised so many red flags.

Here are the main points from Megan’s epic thread (please give her a follow) so you don’t have to wade through a tweet-storm.

#1. #1.

#2 An unnamed alleged “child abuse” doctor called Dr. Caitlyn Bernard (an abortionist in Indiana) to ask for help. However, any doctor that knows about abuses would have to call the law enforcement. Police and Ohio DFS should also be investigated.

#2, but maybe #1. This horrendous story has a TIMING that is too off the mark. Roe V. Wade was recently overturned. Media is looking for stories that will push pro-abortion messages, incite anger and fear, and create division. This is what they love.

#4 The article first published in the Indy Star, a local Ohio paper’s site but in record time was picked up by huge international press. It was published in the Indy Star on the 2nd. Newsweek and The Hill had it by 3rd. The Guardian and TMZ had it by 4th.

#5 The number was immediately used to attack Republican Governor Kristi Nem. This will then be used to target other pro-life politicians, to force them to address this hypothetical or concocted scenario in order to score political points.

#6 #DrCaitlynBernard, which is the only source is an abortionist. Because she is interested in the preservation of abortion, it pays her bills.

#7 There’s no way to verify Bernard’s claim. The confidentiality of her doctor patient is important to her. She cannot be FOIA’d by anyone. The media won’t ask any questions and even if they did she wouldn’t answer. It is not clear that the 10-year-old actually exists, but media jumped at it.

#8 Jennifer Rubin made this use of to abuse conservatives who were her former coworkers in the Washington Post. Further, this makes me doubt the authenticity of the story. Rubin is a notorious tool for the left using this story to harm pro-lifers

#9 Why don’t any of them care about the crime committed against the child? OH lawmakers should request an investigation to determine who raped the child. If the crime occurred, they are the only people who have the ability to obtain the information from DFS. It happened?

#10: #DrCaitlynBernard received a call asking for assistance for an extremely abused child. Her first instinct was call the media. This should cause you to stop for a moment and reflect. What’s really going on here?

Megan details “Dr.” Caitlyn Bernard’s history of being a pro-abort activist and her current role in fighting Indiana’s attempts to limit abortion.

This makes this story even more compelling. There is no interest from any outlet (including the Indianapolis Star) in following up on the girl, or the status of police investigations into the rape. admits its defeat, even though it has not been subject to any leftwing denigration of conservatives or Republicans.

Many Snopes readers looked on our website or reached out to us asking if this had ever happened. To find out, we reached out to Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an obstetrician-gynecologist based in Indianapolis and who spoke to The Columbus Dispatch, about the headline-generating story. Bernard has not yet returned our requests for interviews and we have not been able verify the claims about abortion. We will keep this page updated if we have more information.

The story is a complete failure. It fits the journalistic trope of “being too good to check.” While it might be true, we have no reason to believe that is the case. The story has been spun by a pro-abort activist in order to influence political debates. We have no reason to doubt that it is false. The “six weeks and three days” fetal gestation seems tailor-made to challenge Ohio’s “heartbeat” law and influence the Indiana attorney general’s fight to lift pre-Dobbs injunctions against Indiana laws limiting abortion. Abortion is now illegal in Indiana beyond the first trimester, and a requirement for parental permission seems next…and that is probably the target of this fanciful tale.

Should a police report alleging the rape of a ten-year-old girl on or about May 13 surface in any jurisdiction in Ohio that indicates such a rape resulted in pregnancy, I’ll be happy to entertain a request for correction. The press must either bring this matter to an end or keep quiet.


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