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‘Not a Whisper Anywhere’: Abortion Story About 10-Year-Old Ohio Girl Looking More and More Like a Complete Hoax

Posted on | July 12, 2022 | 1 Comment

As any student of logic knows, it is very difficult to prove a negative, so I hesitate to say that the latest developments have definitively debunked the sensational story about a 10-year-old Ohio girl going to neighboring Indiana for an abortion. I first called attention to this story (“A Story Too Good to Check?”) on July 4, noting the lack of law enforcement comment as raising suspicions about the story told by abortionist Dr. Caitlin Bernard of Indianapolis. A day later, on July 5, Megan Fox of PJMedia detailed the many “red flags” in the story on her Twitter account:

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and any experienced editor would have spotted the biggest problem with this story: It had only one source, Dr. Bernard, who has a history as a media-connected advocate for abortion. She provided no corroborating evidence for this claim, despite the obvious fact that (a) it is very rare for a girl as young as 10 to get pregnant in the United States and (b) such a case would certainly require law enforcement involvement, but no law enforcement officials were quoted in the story. As a boy in middle school, I was taught that journalism was about “5 W’s and an H” — Who, What, When, Where, Why and How — and immediately noticed the absence of where in this story. What city or county in Ohio was the victim from?

If a 10-year-old girl has been raped and impregnated, of course you’re not going to name the victim, so the absence of who in the story is understandable, but why was there no where? If the story had specified Cuyahoga County (i.e., Cleveland), maybe I wouldn’t have been suspicious, because Cleveland is a miserable eyesore of a city, full of criminal scum. If there are 10-year-olds being raped anywhere in Ohio, it’s probably in Cuyahoga County, where Joe Biden got 66% of the vote.

However, though Dr. Bernard may be dishonest, she is not entirely stupid, so she knew that if she specified what city or county this alleged child victim was from, this would allow the reporter to contact police or Department of Family Services (DFS) officials to confirm the story. Therefore, the missing where was a major red flag. Megan Fox later reported that Dr. Bernard was one of nine Indiana abortion providers accused in 2018 of failing to comply with state law requirements for mandatory reporting of abortions involving underage girls:

Some of the girls under 16 years old who had abortions that weren’t reported to [the Indiana Department of Child Services] were as young as 12 and 13. The alleged 48 instances of failure to report occurred since July 1, 2017. The 48 consumer complaints have been filed with Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and the Indiana State Department of Health. The Marion, Lake, Tippecanoe and Monroe county prosecutors have also been notified. . . .
In Indiana, it’s a crime for a person 18 or over to engage in any sexual activity with a child under age 16. Indiana lawmakers clarified state reporting requirements in 2017, instructing abortion doctors to report all abortions on girls under 16 to ISDH and DCS within three days of the abortion. Prior to July 1, 2017, state law explicitly required the reporting of abortions on girls under 14.

Considering this accusation, how credible a source is Dr. Bernard?

Yet the White House staff put this tale on Our Alleged President’s teleprompter (“HOAX? Biden Repeats Unverified Story About 10-Year-Old Ohio Girl’s Abortion”) which put Ohio officials under pressure either to verify or deny it. And guess what? They’re not verifying it:

JESSE WATTERS: So how does Ohio investigating the claim that a 10-year-old girl was raped? Are we looking for the rapist on the loose? Let’s turn to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. So, Dave, have you had anybody come to you in your state to say we’re looking into this? A police report was filed?
DAVE YOST, OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL (R): Not a whisper and we work closely with the centralized law enforcement system in Ohio. We have regular contact with prosecutors and local police and sheriffs. Not a whisper anywhere. Something even more telling, Jesse, is my office runs the state crime lab. Any case like this you are going to have a rape kit, you are going to have biological evidence, and you would be looking for DNA analysis, which we do most of the DNA analysis in Ohio. There is no case request for analysis that looks anything like this.

This is about as close to saying “it’s total made-up bullshit” as you’re going to get from a state attorney general, and the pressure should be on Dr. Bernard (and the journalists who repeated her tale) either to provide more details about this alleged case or else admit that the story is total made-up bullshit. Accountability in media? What a concept!

UPDATE: Illegal Alien Charged With Raping and Impregnating 10-Year-Old in Ohio



One Response to “‘Not a Whisper Anywhere’: Abortion Story About 10-Year-Old Ohio Girl Looking More and More Like a Complete Hoax”

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