REPORTED BY LAUREL DUGGAN, SOCIAL ISSUES AND CULTURE REPORTER | July 13, 2022
A man was arrested Tuesday and charged with the felony rape of a 10-year-old girl who later travelled to Indiana for an abortion, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Police said 27-year-old Gershon Fuentes confessed to raping the child on at least two occasions, according to the Dispatch. The child reportedly obtained an abortion in Indianapolis June 30. Franklin County Children Services referred the case to the police June 22, and the suspect is being tested for paternity.
Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, shared the story with the press July 1 and said the child had gone to Indiana for the abortion because it was illegal in her home state of Ohio, a fact that has been contested by the state’s attorney general. She has since been disciplined for a HIPAA violation for publicizing the patient’s details, Fox News reported. (RELATED: Biden Considers Declaring Public Health Emergency To Help Secure Abortion Access)
Fuentes is being held on a $2 million bond, which the judge said was especially high in order to protect the child’s safety.
Bernard did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.