An Ohio man has been charged with raping a 10-year-old girl who then went to neighboring Indiana for an abortion.

A case that President Joe Biden used in condemning a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that removed the right to abortion from all states.

Gerson Fuentes, 27, was arrested on Tuesday and appeared in Franklin County, Ohio, municipal court on Wednesday for an arraignment. Fuentes admitted to raping the girl at least twice, according to a police investigator testifying at the court.

The officer stated that the victim in the case had an abortion in nearby Indiana on June 30.

A statewide abortion ban in Ohio took effect within hours after the Supreme Court’s June 24 verdict that overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion.

The Indianapolis Star reported last month that woman had to drive to Indiana to have an abortion because she was three days over Ohio’s six-week restriction, which does not allow exceptions for rape or incest.

Abortions beyond six weeks are still lawful in Indiana, but the state legislature’s Republican majority is scheduled to adopt further limits later this month.

In comments to reporters regarding abortion availability, Biden, a Democrat, mentioned the youngster.

“Just imagine being that little girl – 10 years old,” he raged at the White House on Friday.

Fuentes is being jailed on a $2 million bail and has a preliminary hearing planned on July 22.

A request for comment from Fuentes’ court-appointed defense counsel was not immediately returned.

In all, 26 states in the United States have either severely limited abortions in the aftermath of the verdict or are anticipated to do so in the following weeks and months.

Some conservatives questioned the Indianapolis Star story’s validity.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Republican Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost told the USA TODAY Network Ohio bureau on Tuesday that the facts were “more likely than not a fabrication” since there had been no arrest and no proof revealed.

However, in a statement issued after the arrest on Wednesday, Yost, who defended the state’s six-week prohibition in state court following the Supreme Court ruling, said, “My heart breaks for this little child’s anguish. I appreciate the Columbus Police Department’s hard work in obtaining a confession and removing a rapist off the streets.”

Source: Reuters


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