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Jim Jordan Has No Regrets for Calling 10-Year-Old Rape Victim’s Abortion a ‘Lie’<!-- wp:html --><p>CNN</p> <p>Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) refused to apologize for his <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/jim-jordan-quietly-deletes-tweet-branding-case-of-10-year-old-ohio-girls-abortion-a-lie">since-deleted tweet </a>describing the story of a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim as a “lie,” claiming on Thursday that he was merely “responding to a headline” and took down the post once the alleged rapist was charged.</p> <p>Republicans and right-wing pundits have been <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-host-jesse-watters-pats-himself-on-the-back-after-suggesting-child-rape-story-was-hoax?ref=wrap">backtracking and pivoting</a> after 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/columbus-police-arrest-gerson-fuentes-for-rape-of-ohio-10-year-old-who-traveled-to-indiana-for-abortion?ref=home">was arraigned in court on Wednesday</a> on felony charges of raping a person under 13. Court records revealed that the alleged rape of the 10-year-old girl took place on May 12, the girl’s pregnancy was then referred to local child services on June 22, and eight days later she had a medical abortion in neighboring Indiana.</p> <p>The story of the unidentified child’s rape and abortion had quickly become a flashpoint in the debate over abortion rights after the <a href="https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/2022/07/01/ohio-girl-10-among-patients-going-indiana-abortion/7788415001/"><em>Indianapolis Star</em> reported on her plight</a> on July 1. While <a href="https://popular.info/p/the-right-wing-smear-campaign-against">right-wing media</a>—and some mainstream journalists—cast doubt on the veracity of the report because it was single-sourced, the <em>Star’s</em> source was an Indiana obstetrician-gynecologist who spoke with an Ohio child-abuse doctor who’d examined the girl. (The patient was six weeks and three days pregnant, right after Ohio’s trigger law outlawed abortion after six weeks following <em>Roe v. Wade’s</em> reversal.)</p> <p><a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/jim-jordan-has-no-regrets-for-calling-10-year-old-rape-victims-abortion-a-lie?source=articles&via=rss">Read more at The Daily Beast.</a></p><!-- /wp:html -->

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) refused to apologize for his since-deleted tweet describing the story of a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim as a “lie,” claiming on Thursday that he was merely “responding to a headline” and took down the post once the alleged rapist was charged.

Republicans and right-wing pundits have been backtracking and pivoting after 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes was arraigned in court on Wednesday on felony charges of raping a person under 13. Court records revealed that the alleged rape of the 10-year-old girl took place on May 12, the girl’s pregnancy was then referred to local child services on June 22, and eight days later she had a medical abortion in neighboring Indiana.

The story of the unidentified child’s rape and abortion had quickly become a flashpoint in the debate over abortion rights after the Indianapolis Star reported on her plight on July 1. While right-wing media—and some mainstream journalists—cast doubt on the veracity of the report because it was single-sourced, the Star’s source was an Indiana obstetrician-gynecologist who spoke with an Ohio child-abuse doctor who’d examined the girl. (The patient was six weeks and three days pregnant, right after Ohio’s trigger law outlawed abortion after six weeks following Roe v. Wade’s reversal.)

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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