us news Suspect Arrested After Young Girl Forced To Cross State Lines For Abortion A man was charged with impregnating a 10-year-old girl for traveling across state lines for an abortion is at the forefront of the debate on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Suspect Arrested After Young Girl Forced To Cross State Lines For Abortion David McNew/Getty Images
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In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s vote to overturn federal abortion rights protections, pro-choice activists have cited a number of possible negative consequences of restricting access to abortion. Perhaps no narrative was more heartbreaking than the story of a 10-year-old girl in Ohio who was forced to travel across state lines to end her pregnancy.

At first, there were few details associated with the case, but authorities arrested a suspect this week on charges related to raping the young girl.

The Indianapolis Star first published a report about the girl and her plight was shared far and wide as a reason to preserve abortion access. Since Ohio outlawed most abortions following the Supreme Court ruling, the preteen was not allowed to undergo the procedure in her own state.

Although some pro-life advocates cast doubt on the authenticity of the report, the latest development seems to leave little doubt. Police say 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes was being held on $2 million bond and faces first-degree felony charges. Authorities noted that Fuentes confessed that he raped the victim at least twice.

Even as the young girl’s story is being used as a pawn in a deeply divisive national debate, it’s important to remember that she is dealing with an unimaginable burden regardless of what the abortion laws happen to be.

As President Joe Biden said during a speech emphasizing the importance of enshrining abortion access: “Imagine being that little girl. I’m serious. Imagine being that little girl.”

Chris Agee
Chris Agee July 14th, 2022
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