Pregnant 11-year-old rape victim in Ohio would have no right to an abortion under new state law – as politicians in Alabama prepare to vote on measure to ban most terminations
The girl, who has been raped several times by a 26-year-old man, should have had her baby released after Ohio’s Heartbeat Act, which came into effect in mid-July.
An eleven-year-old Ohio girl, who became pregnant after a series of rapes, has the opportunity to obtain a legal abortion – but in a few months, when the “Heartbeat Law” came into effect , the baby is forced to give birth rejected.
Why? The extremely restrictive new anti-abortion law bans not only abortions after six weeks (even before many women know they are pregnant), but also does not provide exceptions for rape, incest or at the age of the mother. The only exceptions allowed are cases where the life or health of the mother is in danger.
This is just one example of girls and women forced to bear and give birth – according to the FBI, 4,000 women are raped each year in Ohio (or rather, it is the tiny faction that informs the police). and 800 reported rape cases involve incest.
But Ohio’s white male legislators, who have enforced the law despite the obvious damage it will cause, do not bother him.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who signed the bill, placed the rights of the fetus directly above the rights of the mother. “The government’s main task is to protect the poorest of us who do not have a voice, and its job should be to protect life from start to finish.”
Apparently, “the most vulnerable among us” will no longer be an eleven-year-old rape victim from mid-July.
The Heartbeat Bill, known as the Ohio Human Rights Protection Act, is not the only problem in Ohio with respect to women’s rights and their physical autonomy. The state still has extremely strict laws on abortion that make selection extremely difficult. Abortions are totally forbidden for 20 weeks and minors must have the consent of their parents or appear before a judge.
“So much needs to happen for a girl like her to abort in Ohio, not to mention a six-week ban,” says Elizabeth Nash, head of state affairs at the Guttmacher Institute, a center for research for the reproductive rights organization, said CBS.
We do not know what will happen to this girl – but what we know is depressing. The pregnancy center, who had contact with her, accused the 11-year-old girl of being “rebellious” and raping her as “non-violent”. The old woman could possibly consent to sex, and as if it was her fault. The police also noted the girl’s “criminal behavior” as if she did not need all the help and support in the world.
His alleged rapist, Juan Leon-Gomez, was charged with rape and obstruction by the Stark District Court and will appear in court in May.
Ohio is one of six states that have passed “pulsating” laws in recent months. Georgia has recently joined the pack alongside Iowa, Mississippi, North Dakota and Kentucky. Alabama will vote soon on the subject.
In the last four cases, the law is blocked by federal judges. In Georgia and Ohio, organizations such as the ACLU are preparing for a fight, claiming that the bills are unconstitutional because of the Roe v. Wade. At the same time, women in affected countries are preparing for a world where they could be punished simply for making a medical decision about their bodies.