A 27-year-old resident of Ohio, originally from Guatemala, has been accused of raping a 10-year-old woman multiple times. The girl became pregnant but could not have an abortion in Ohio because local authorities had tightened the abortion law a few days earlier. To perform the procedure, she had to travel to another state.
Gershon Fuentes, a 27-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, was arrested Wednesday 12 July. He was accused of repeatedly raping a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant as a result of the crime. According to the local police, the man confessed to at least two rapes of a minor. He is facing life imprisonment. Fox News reports that Fuentes, a citizen Guatemalais in the United States illegally.
The accused remains in custody, the court imposed a bail of two million dollars for him. A preliminary hearing will be held on July 22.
Ohio abortion laws changed
The case gained international attention after US media reported that she had been raped The 10-year-old had to go to the neighboring state of Indianato have an abortion. The girl was sent there by a doctor from Ohio who helps victims of sexual violence. On June 30, the pregnancy was terminated in Indianapolis.
A 10-year-old saw a doctor just three days after a six-week termination law passed in Ohio. The raped girl was pregnant for six weeks and three days.
The Act provides for exceptions, but they only include situations in which the mother’s life is at risk. Under Ohio law, rape, even if a child is the victim, is not a prerequisite for an abortion.
Stricter abortion law in the USA
June 24, American Supreme Court annulled the landmark 1973 ruling in the Roe v. Wade casewhich established the universal right to perform abortions before the fetus was viable. The judges found that the decision from almost 40 years ago was unconstitutional.
The court ruling allowed the state authorities to independently adjudicate on the admissibility of termination of pregnancy. In several states, incl. In Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas or just Ohio, the law has already been tightened, and abortion in the vast majority of cases is illegal. Several other states are planning similar decisions. The regulations may change, among others in Indiana, where the raped 10-year-old girl was helped. In late July, members of the state’s General Assembly will vote to tighten the abortion law. The republicans ruling in this state are pushing for the change of regulations.
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