Correcting the Record on a Rape Case


President Joe Biden delivers remarks on reproductive rights on July 8.


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It seems President Biden was correct when he associated a narrative a couple of 10-year-old Ohio woman who was raped and traveled to Indiana for an abortion. We puzzled Tuesday in regards to the case, after nobody had confirmed its accuracy or any public report of the crime, although the story had made the media rounds for practically two weeks.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday afternoon that Columbus police arrested 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes, who has confessed to the sexual assault. Mr. Fuentes has been charged with rape within the first diploma and is being held on $2 million bond. The Dispatch story stated police discovered of the woman’s being pregnant by way of a referral by Franklin County Children Services that was made by her mom on June 22.

The Dispatch is a part of the USA Today community of papers that features the Indianapolis Star, which reported on July 1 that the 10-year-old had traveled to Indiana. The Star’s story was based mostly on a single supply and supplied no different affirmation.

Mr. Biden centered on the story final Friday as he introduced a brand new govt order selling abortion companies. The White House additionally supplied no backup particulars. Ohio Attorney General

Dave Yost

stated publicly this week that he had heard “not a whisper” about such a case from native regulation enforcement.

It’s uncommon that nobody in regulation enforcement stepped ahead to substantiate that the rape referral had been made, particularly after the story had gone viral for days on the web. But we respect our obligation to appropriate the document on the case, which is a horrible one. The greatest information is that an alleged rapist has been taken off the road.

These columns have lengthy supported abortion rights, albeit way more restricted than these allowed beneath Roe v. Wade. The nation must discover a tough consensus on abortion now that it has returned to the states and the political course of. One means to assist is to be sure that tales about abortion, from both facet of the controversy, may be readily confirmed. Passions are already heated sufficient.

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Appeared within the July 14, 2022, print version.