An Ohio mother defended her 10-year-old daughter’s rapist who impregnated her, forcing the young girl to travel out-of-state for an abortion due to newly implemented state laws preventing her doing it in her own state.
The woman, who declined to identify herself, told Notices Telemundo in Spanish that her daughter is “fine” before adding that “everything they’re saying about” the man who confessed to raping the girl is “a lie.”
Gerson Fuentes, 27, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, admitted to raping the young girl, who got pregnant and was forced to travel to Indiana to receive an abortion, because her home state of Ohio adopted the so-called heartbeat bill, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The ban even applies to pregnant rape and incest victims.
#NoticiasTelemundo habló en exclusiva con la madre de la niña que fue violada en Ohio y asegura que "está bien".
Agregó que lo que se dice sobre el joven que confesó el crimen "es mentira".
— Noticias Telemundo (@TelemundoNews) July 14, 2022
Fuentes Arraigned On Felony Rape Of A Child Charges, Held on $2 Million Bail
On Wednesday, Fuentes was arraigned in Columbus, where he was charged with felony first-degree rape of a child under 13 and had his bail set at $2 million, according to the Daily Mail.
He allegedly admitted to “vaginal contact” with the girl on at least two occasions, who was only nine-years-old at the time.
Authorities became aware of the girl’s pregnancy on June 22 after receiving a referral by the Franklin County Children Services made by her mother.
She underwent a medical abortion in Indianapolis a week later on June 30.
Indiana Now Investigating Doctor Who Performed The Girl’s Abortion
Prosecutors in Indiana are now investigating Indianapolis physician Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who performed the procedure, despite the fact that abortions are still legal in Indiana, according to Forbes.
NEW: Per ICE source, Gerson Fuentes, the man charged with raping & impregnating a 10-year-old girl in Ohio, is a Guatemalan national in the U.S. illegally & ICE has placed a detainer on him with local law enforcement. The victim later traveled to Indiana for an abortion. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/NWftShZejw
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 13, 2022
The state claims Dr. Bernard did not report the abortion, which must be submitted for patients under age 16 to the state health department and child services agency within three days after the abortion takes place, the outlet reports.
And in the girl’s own home state of Ohio, Republican Governor David Yost had initially expressed doubt on the veracity of the story, but was “rejoiced” after an arrest was made, per the Columbus Dispatch.
Abortion is legal in Indiana up to 22 weeks into a pregnancy, but banned in Ohio after six weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest.
Roe v. Wade was overturned late last month a half a century after it was enacted, leaving it to the state’s discretion as to if they want to allow it or not. Abortion is now banned in at least nine states, and more bans are expected in the coming weeks,