Biden on 10-year-old Rape Victim Denied an Abortion in Ohio: “Nothing more Extreme” What Would Ron DeSantis Do?

Miami, FL – On Friday, President Biden signed an executive order meant to preserve reproductive freedoms in states where they have been restricted in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Biden cited the case of a 10-year-old rape victim in Ohio who had to cross state lines to escape the extreme Republican policies state officials had passed which would have forced her to give birth.
It’s the same case that the Florida Democratic Party has been asking Ron DeSantis about for a week: Would Ron DeSantis force a 10-year-old rape victim in Florida to give birth?
Ron DeSantis has a long history of supporting dangerous bans on reproductive freedom with no exceptions for rape, incest, or cases of human trafficking – but has refused to answer questions since Roe v. Wade was overturned.
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  • President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday that could preserve some access to abortion in states where the procedure remains legal. Biden, in a White House speech, brought up the case of a 10-year-old rape survivor from Ohio who was forced to travel out of state to access abortion care in Indiana, questioning if that’s actually the will of a majority of the state’s residents.
  • “Does anyone believe that it’s Ohio’s majority view that that should not be able to be dealt with? Or in any other state in the nation? A 10-year-old girl should be forced to give birth to a rapist’s child?” Biden said. “I can tell you that I don’t. I can’t think of anything that’s much more extreme.”
  • Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine declined to comment on the state law’s effect in the case this week, saying he had read about it in the paper. He did say he found it “gut-wrenching” that a man raped a child.
  • Biden said the fastest way to reestablish nationwide protections for abortion is by voting in November’s midterm election.
  • “It’s my hope and strong belief that women will, in fact, turn out in record numbers to reclaim the rights that have taken from them by the court,” Biden said, opting not to call on men, who are needed for pregnancy, to take place, to turn out at the ballot box.
  • The executive order, Biden said, would direct the federal government to look into tech privacy.
  • “Now when you use a search engine, or the app on your phone, companies collect your data, they sell it to other companies and even share it with law enforcement,” Biden said.“There’s an increasing concern that extremist governors and others will try to get that data off of your phone, which is out there in the ether, to find what you’re seeking, where you’re going, and what you’re doing with regard to health care.”
  • The Florida Democratic Party, meanwhile, noted that it had asked Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis whether he approved of the legal situation in Ohio but that he hadn’t responded.
  • “Ron DeSantis has already supported extreme restrictions on reproductive rights, including a ban without exceptions for rape or incest. However, he’s avoided questions about how he would further restrict reproductive freedoms after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. It’s time for DeSantis to stop hiding.”

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