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GOP congressional witness claims that a 10-year-old terminating a pregnancy is “not an abortion”

After the US Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade” after 49 years, the United States no longer has a national standard on abortion rights, but a multitude of state laws – and on July 1st the “Indianapolis Star”. reported that a 10-year-old Ohio girl was aborted in Indianapolis, Indiana, due to abortion restrictions in her own state. Other media outlets reported that she was allegedly raped, and on July 13, the Columbus Dispatch reported that a man had been arrested and charged in the case.

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, while a hearing on July 14discussed the case with anti-abortion activist Catherine Glenn Foster, president and CEO of Americans United for Life — and Foster denied, much to Swallwell’s shock, that the termination of the pregnancy qualified as an abortion.

When asked if a “ten-year-old” would “choose to carry a baby,” Foster replied, “I think it would probably impact her life. Therefore, it would fall under any exception and would not be an abort.”

Sounding shocked by her response, Swalwell interjected, “Wait, it wouldn’t be an abortion if a ten-year-old made a decision with her parents not to have a baby that was the result of rape?”

Foster replied: “If a 10-year-old got pregnant as a result of rape and it was life-threatening, that’s not an abortion. So it would not fall under abortion restrictions in our country.”

Swalwell directed his next question to another witness at the hearing, Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign – asking her: “Miss Warbelow, are you familiar with disinformation? …. Did you just hear disinformation?”

Warbelow replied, “Yes, I’ve heard some very significant disinformation… An abortion is a procedure; it is a medical procedure people undergo in a variety of circumstances, including because they have been sexually assaulted – in the case of the ten, raped. Year. It doesn’t matter if there is a legal exception, it is still a medical procedure that is understood as an abortion. In addition, I also find it important to note that there is no exception for the life or health of a mother in Ohio law. So this ten-year-old had to cross state lines to get an abortion.

Far-right Republican MAGA, Ohio’s Jim Jordan, has claimed in a tweet he deleted that coverage of the 10-year-old was a “lie,” and Swalwell called him out for this during the hearing.

“Speaking of disinformation,” Swalwell told Warbelow, “Jim Jordan called a ten-year-old rape victim a liar… I know he did it because he hates the President… This bill… will bring us government-mandated pregnancies for ten-year-olds.” “

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https://www.salon.com/2022/07/15/congressional-witness-claims-that-a-10-year-old-terminating-a-pregnancy-is-not-an-abortion_partner/ GOP congressional witness claims that a 10-year-old terminating a pregnancy is “not an abortion”

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