Under a new state law, an 11-year old rape victim would be unable to get an abortion six weeks after becoming pregnant.
No Exception for Rape or Incest
The fetal heartbeat bill was passed by Ohio lawmakers last month and is set to go into effect this July. Providing no exception for rape or incest, the law will prohibit all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The 11-year old Ohio girl in question was allegedly raped multiple times by a 26-year old man, resulting in her pregnancy. The night of her rapist’s arrest, the girl was admonished on her “delinquent behavior”.
Though the pending law won’t apply to her, Ohio women in similar scenarios will be unable to terminate their pregnancies.
A New Trend?
Like Ohio, Georgia and Mississippi have passed similar laws that have also not yet been implemented. In Iowa, Kentucky, and North Dakota, heartbeat bans were passed but have since been blocked by the state.
Last week, Alabama Republicans removed an exception for rape and incest victims from an abortion ban bill set to be voted on today.