11-Year-Old Rape Victim Would Be Denied Abortion Under New Ohio Law

11-Year-Old Rape Victim Would Be Forced To Have Her Baby Under New Ohio Law

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The girl, who was repeatedly raped by a 26-year-old, would have had to carry the baby to term under Ohio’s “heartbeat law” which goes into effect in mid-July

An 11-year-old Ohio girl who became pregnant after a series of rapes has the option to get a legal abortion – but in just a couple of months, when the “heartbeat law” is slated to go into effect, the child would be forced to carry the baby to term.

Why? Not only does the new and extremely restrictive anti-abortion legislation outlaw abortions after six weeks (before many women even know they’re pregnant), it also doesn’t cover exceptions for issues like rape, incest, or maternal age. The only exceptions that are granted are in cases when the life or health of the mother is in danger.

This is just one example of girls and women who would be forced to carry and give birth to babies – according to the FBI, 4,000 women are raped each year in Ohio (or rather: that’s the tiny fraction who report it to the police) and 800 reported rapes involve incest.

But this doesn’t bother the white, male lawmakers in Ohio who have forced the law through despite the obvious harm it will cause.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who signed the bill, put the rights of the fetus squarely above any rights of the mother. “The essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us, those who don’t have a voice. Government’s role should be to protect life from the beginning to the end.”

Apparently, “the most vulnerable among us” will not include an 11-year-old rape victim, starting in mid-July.