Mike Devine spends a lot of time talking about his concern to protect the “most vulnerable” Ohioans whenever he signs a draconian law that attacks the bodily autonomy of others.
But as we learned this week, a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim was forced to travel to Indiana for an abortion after the US Supreme Court overturned national abortion rights, and within hours Ohio’s attorney General Dave Yost tells a federal court that Ohio’s six-week abortion ban signed by DeWine in 2019 takes effect.
From the Indianapolis Star:
On Monday, the Supreme Court in Roe v. Three days after issuing his crucial decision to reverse Wade, Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Caitlin Bernard took the phone call from a colleague, a child abuse therapist in Ohio.
Hours after the Supreme Court’s action, the Buckeye state outlawed any abortion after six weeks. Now this doctor had a 10-year-old patient in the office who was six weeks and three days pregnant.
Can Bernard help?
Although Indiana lawmakers are set to further restrict or ban abortion in just a few weeks, with a special session on July 25, the process is still legal. And so, Starr pointed out, the girl was soon moving to Indiana to care for Bernard.
When asked Wednesday about the law he signed to prevent this 10-year-old rape victim from making a choice over her pregnancy in Ohio, Devin could only stutter and stutter via a political hack non-answer:
“Yeah, first of all, I don’t have more information than you or anyone. Reading in the newspaper, as you know, came from a story about a doctor out of Indiana. It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy, you know. A 10-year-old girl is to be assaulted, a 10-year-old girl is to be raped, you know, as a father and grandfather, even it’s just gut-wrenching. Think about it. I think the doctor reported it. I think if she was treated in the emergency room, you know, all of these are mandatory journalists. So I’m assuming it’s called children I think the local law enforcement agency whatever, the local is also referred to. We have one clearly a rapist. We have someone who is dangerous and we have someone. that should be raised and closed forever. And again, I don’t know all the facts of the case, I’m just assuming that that process has been followed, in fact It has been followed. [sic],
Everyone knows that the rape of a 10-year-old girl is horrific. That’s not the question.
The question is for DeVine to explain why he thinks it is appropriate to enact a law to force child rape victims to have pregnancies from their rapists. On that subject, Devin’s silence rang as loud as the sirens of fire.
DeVine will inflict emotional and physical violence on child rape victims by forcibly giving birth, but will not take responsibility for her actions.
This is the most disgusting form of cowardice.
Either Devin has the courage of his beliefs and explains why children must go through the suffering he is causing; Or is he a coward.
From his reply, it is clear that he is so unconvinced – while this has made national and international news all week – he did not bother to seek out the facts of the case.
Compare their current currency to the rhetoric of the time they signed the law that led to this situation:
“The essential function of the government is to protect the most vulnerable among us who have no voice,” Devin said.
If a 10-year-old rape victim doesn’t rank among Ohio’s most vulnerable, I shudder to imagine Devin’s concept of vulnerability.
this is just the begining. This was an example that came within days of the Supreme Court ruling and the enactment of the Ohio Republican law.
In the coming years, there will be many more. We’ll report on each story we can, and they’ll all be heartwarming to read, I’m sure, and devastating to everyday Ohioans.
This is when long-standing freedoms are taken away from Americans by extremist politicians and politically motivated, active courts.
This is when politicians choose to be blind to the nuances and complexity of life, and instead stake out radical, autocratic positions, and then give those positions the power of the law.
Ohio Republicans plan to move further legislation that would ban nearly all abortions, again with no exceptions for rape or incest.
The sponsor says it has the “full support” of Devin, along with a vote in the General Assembly.
State Representative. Gene Schmidt doesn’t know yet, he said, whether he will legislate this new, even more extreme law, before or after November’s general election. She has called forced pregnancy “an opportunity” for rape victims.
Ohio Republicans and Mike Devine may be okay with making our state an example of heartless brutality before the eyes of the nation and the world.
I think it’s sick and monstrous.
But they have made this law and threaten to make it worse, so they do not shirk responsibility and accountability for their actions.
Every heartbreaking story of sorrow and pain turns on their head.
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