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Yes, a 10-year-old did travel from Ohio to Indiana for an abortion due to Ohio’s abortion ban

By Kelly Jones

The girl traveled from Ohio to Indiana for a medical abortion after being raped and impregnated. Ohio has a near-total abortion ban in place.

Editor’s note: This story contains sensitive content that may be disturbing for some readers.

News of a 10-year-old Ohio girl traveling to Indiana for a medical abortion made national headlines in recent weeks, with President Joe Biden even citing the case moments before signing an executive order aimed at protecting abortion access in the U.S.

The executive order was in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which federally protected the right to abortion. Since Roe v. Wade was overturned, individual states can now decide whether to ban, restrict or permit abortions.

“This isn’t some imagined horror. It’s already happening. Just last week, it was reported that a 10-year-old girl was a rape victim in Ohio — 10 years old — and she was forced to have to travel out of the state, to Indiana, to seek to terminate the [pregnancy] and maybe save her life,” Biden said.

VERIFY viewer LJ reached out to us to ask if we could “confirm the Biden story about the 10-year-old rape victim seeking an abortion or is this misinformation from the administration?”

THE QUESTION

Is the story of a 10-year-old traveling to Indiana for an abortion true?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

This is true.

Yes, the story of a 10-year-old traveling to Indiana for an abortion is true.

WHAT WE FOUND

A 27-year-old Columbus, Ohio, man was arrested and charged with one count of rape involving a 10-year-old victim. The girl became pregnant and had to travel to Indiana for a medical abortion due to Ohio’s ban on the procedure.

According to Franklin County Municipal Court records obtained by VERIFY, Columbus police arrested Gerson Fuentes on July 12.

Credit: Franklin County Jail

Police were able to obtain a search warrant for Fuentes’ DNA, and during an interview with detectives, he admitted to the rape, records show.

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