Biden’s Story Doesn’t Add Up [Details]


A story about a 10-year-old rape victim who needed to leave Ohio to get an abortion is generating skepticism after it was repeated by Joe Biden, with a fact-checker stating it’s “very difficult” to validate the story’s credibility.

Biden referenced the story on July 8 when he signed an executive order aimed at preserving abortion access in response to the U.S. Supreme Court‘s decision concerning Roe v. Wade, which verified that abortion isn’t a constitutional right, however rather a matter that needs to be delegated private states. The order promises to guarantee the security of abortion suppliers, consisting of mobile centers that are generally released near the borders of states where abortion is limited.

“Some of the states don’t allow for exceptions for rape or incest,” Biden said. “Just last week, it was reported that a 10-year-old girl was a rape victim in Ohio—10 years old—and she was forced to have to travel out of the state, to Indiana, to seek to terminate the and maybe save her life.

“Imagine being that little girl. I’m serious, just imagine being that little girl—10 years old!”

The report the president referenced was released on July 1 by the Indianapolis Star, which pointed out Dr. Caitlan Bernard, an Indianapolis-based obstetrician– gynecologist, as the single source.

Speaking with the Star, Bernard stated a “child abuse doctor” in Ohio called her after discovering that the young client was 6 weeks and 3 days pregnant– 3 days late for a legal abortion under a just recently restored Ohio law, which restricts abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy.

Glenn Kessler, a fact-checker for The Washington Post, discovered the story to be suspicious. In an analysis released on July 9, he mentioned that doctors in Ohio have a legal commitment to inform the cops when they see indications of kid abuse, yet no arrest related to this specific case has actually been reported. The initial Star report didn’t state whether it was being examined by the authorities.

“A physician, as a mandated reporter under a>, would be required to report any case of known or suspected physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect of a child,” Kessler wrote.

He also noted that the office of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine stated that it was “unaware of any specific case.”

In addition, the original story didn’t provide details about the location of the alleged crime. According to Kesseler, child services agencies in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, and other populous Ohio cities were unaware of any 10-year-old rape victims in their jurisdictions.

“None of the officials we reached were aware of such a case in their areas,” Kessler wrote. “This is a very difficult story to check. Bernard is on the record, but obtaining documents or other confirmation is all but impossible without details that would identify the locality where the rape occurred.”

Fact-checking website Snopes also said Bernard hadn’t responded to its request for additional information and that it hasn’t been able to “independently corroborate the abortion claim.”

When asked whether the Biden administration had actually validated the identity of the victim with local police or directed the Justice Department to prosecute the abuser and secure the girl, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated she had no info to share on the matter.

“Anything to do with the DOJ, that’s a legal component. I would refer you to DOJ,” Jean-Pierre said during the July 8 White House press briefing, noting that the president told the story “just to show how extreme the decision is.”

“When you have such a young girl who has to carry out the child of a rapist, that is unacceptable. You heard that from him directly.”


H/T The Epoch Times

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