Is the 10-year-old rape victim story a hoax?

Jose Luis Magana
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A story first published in the Indianapolis Star about a 10-year-old rape victim who was forced to cross state lines to get a lifesaving abortion was repeated by President Biden last week, but the widely shared story is facing increased skepticism and hasn’t been verified by even left-leaning fact-checkers.

During a White House speech announcing an executive order meant to “protect access to abortion,” Biden told the story of the young girl who allegedly was six weeks pregnant when she left Ohio to get an abortion in neighboring Indiana. The story in question was first reported in the Indy Star article headlined “As Ohio restricts abortions, 10-year-old girl travels to Indiana for procedure.”

“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 piece began. “Hours after the Supreme Court action, the Buckeye state had outlawed any abortion after six weeks. Now this doctor had a 10-year-old patient in the office who was six weeks and three days pregnant.”


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