An Abortion Story Too Good to Confirm


President Joe Biden delivers remarks on reproductive rights as Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra pay attention on the White House on July 8.


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All sorts of fanciful tales journey far on social media nowadays, however you don’t anticipate them to get a listening to on the White House. That’s nonetheless what appears to have occurred Friday as President Biden signed an govt order on abortion.

With Vice President

Kamala Harris

and Health and Human Services Secretary

Xavier Becerra

close by, Mr. Biden repeated a story making the rounds on social media within the wake of the Supreme Court’s determination to overrule Roe v. Wade. He mentioned a 10-year-old woman he didn’t determine by title was pressured to journey from Ohio to Indiana to have an abortion as a result of Ohio now prohibits abortion after a fetal heartbeat is found. The woman had been raped, he mentioned, and Ohio legislation now contains no abortion exceptions in circumstances of rape or incest.

Mr. Biden grew agitated as he spoke: “Ten years old. Raped, six weeks pregnant. Already traumatized. Was forced to travel to another state. Imagine being that little girl. Just—I’m serious—just imagine being that little girl.”

Imagine, certainly. The story is a potent post-Roe story of woe for individuals who need to make abortion a voting subject this fall. One downside: There’s no proof the woman exists. PJ Media’s

Megan Fox

was first to level this out, and up to now nobody has been in a position to determine the woman or the place she lives.

The declare originated in a July 1 Indianapolis Star piece headlined, “Patients head to Indiana for abortion services as other states restrict care.”

Caitlin Bernard,

an obstetrician-gynecologist, informed the paper’s medical reporter that after the Ohio ban went into impact she’d fielded a name concerning the woman from a “child abuse doctor” within the Buckeye State. The 10-year-old quickly “was on her way to Indiana to Bernard’s care.” Presumably Dr. Bernard carried out an abortion.

Medical professionals have an obligation to report youngster rape to legislation enforcement, however Dr. Bernard received’t say the place the alleged crime occurred or determine the Ohio physician who referred the case. Ohio Attorney General

Dave Yost

informed Fox News on Monday that his workplace had heard “not a whisper” of such against the law from prosecutors, police and sheriffs in his state. You will not be shocked to study that Dr. Bernard has a protracted historical past of abortion activism within the media.

What we appear to have here’s a presidential seal of approval on an unlikely story from a biased supply that neatly suits the progressive narrative however can’t be confirmed. The abortion debate is intense and passions run excessive. But the American folks deserve higher from their President than an unproven story designed to irritate these passions.

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Appeared within the July 13, 2022, print version.