An 11-year-old from northwestern Ohio is pregnant against her will, and, according to the new highly restrictive state law on ending pregnancies that was signed just last month, a girl in her position MUST carry on and deliver the baby.
Many pro-choice activists have pointed out similar hypothetical situations with similar facts to their anti-choice opponents in the past, but everyone thought that the situation is too far-fetched to be real. Well, it is real now.
Allegedly, the 11-year-old has been impregnated by a 26-year-old man who took advantage of her on multiple occasions, and the law now prevents her from terminating her pregnancy unless it’s to save her life and or spare her grave bodily harm.
Gov. Mike DeWine signed Ohio’s Human Rights Protection Act on April 11, and it’s yet another one of the infamous “heartbeat” laws that bans ending of pregnancies as soon as doctors can detect the cardiac activity of the fetus. However, it usually starts at six weeks of gestation, which means that most women won’t even know they’re pregnant at that point.
So, girls in the position of the 11-year-old pregnant girl will be legally compelled to endure the emotional and physical burdens of pregnancy and childbirth.
Thankfully, she won’t be, because the new restrictions aren’t scheduled to go into effect until mid-July, and will almost certainly be stayed by federal judges. So, if this girl decides to end her pregnancy, she will be able to.