A rape, an abortion, and a one-source story: a child’s ordeal becomes national news

July 13, 2022
David Folkenflik, Sarah McCammon

A July 1 news report that a pregnant 10-year-old girl from Ohio sought an abortion in neighboring Indiana has drawn intense national attention in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month striking down Roe v. Wade.

Abortion rights proponents — including President Biden — pointed to the incident as evidence of the cruel consequences of the court's decision. But in the initial absence of any public corroborating details beyond an Indianapolis obstetrician's account, opponents of abortion rights repeatedly cast doubt on whether the incident happened at all.

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/13/1111285143/abortion-10-year-old-raped-ohio