The increasingly dubious story about a 10-year-old denied an abortion and how it hurts all of us


MINOT, N.D. — When I first read the headline about a 10-year-old in Ohio needing to flee to Indiana to get an abortion, I was horrified.

Most Americans, including this one, support abortion in instances of rape.

Impregnating a 10-year-old is rape.

Abortion is still legal in Ohio, but not after six weeks, and there are no exceptions after that point for things like rape or incest.

It doesn’t matter that pregnancies from rape make up a tiny percentage of abortions performed, any law that requires a 10-year-old to give birth to her rapist’s baby is a law that needs to be changed.

This story from Ohio quickly seized on by activists and journalists. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was grilled about it during a July 3 news program . President Joe Biden used the anecdote to rip pro-life laws in states like Ohio.

But there is growing evidence to suggest that the story is not what we’ve been led to believe it is.

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