Biden’s abortion story about 10-year-old girl is called into question

The story that President Joe Biden has been peddling about a 10-year-old girl who supposedly had to travel out of state to have an abortion is being called into question.

The far-left Washington Post’s fact-checker on Saturday admitted that it is “very difficult” to verify Biden’s story. 

Background

In a speech Biden gave on Friday when he signed an executive order aimed at protecting abortion access following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade. During his speech, Biden sought to bolster his pro-abortion position by telling the story of a 10-year-old girl who had to travel out of state to get an abortion.

“Just last week, it was reported that a 10-year-old girl was a rape victim — 10 years old — and she was forced to have to travel out of state to Indiana to seek to terminate the pregnancy and maybe save her life,” Biden said.

It appears that Biden was referring to this story from the Indy Star.

The outlet reported:

On Monday three days after the Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, took a call from a colleague, a child abuse doctor in Ohio. Hours after the Supreme Court action, the Buckeye state had outlawed any abortion after six weeks. Now this doctor had a 10-year-old patient in the office who was six weeks and three days pregnant.

The authenticity of the story, however, has since been called into question – including by the Washington Post. 

“Very difficult”

Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s fact-checker, analyzed Biden’s story on Saturday. To say the least, Kessler is skeptical.

Kessler wrote, referring to Indy Star excerpt presented above, “the only source cited for the anecdote was Bernard. She’s on the record, but there is no indication that the newspaper made other attempts to confirm her account.”

Kessler noted that the piece’s author, Shari Rudavsky, “did not respond” when asked to verify her report. Kessler also noted that Bro Krift, the paper’s executive editor, only put out a statement saying, “The facts and sourcing about people crossing state lines into Indiana, including the 10-year-old girl, for abortions are clear. We have no additional comment at this time.”

He went on to try to verify the story on his own, and he came to the conclusion that “this is a very difficult story to check,” explaining, “Bernard is on the record, but obtaining documents or other confirmation is all but impossible without details that would identify the locality where the rape occurred.”

The bottom line is that at the very least, there is good reason to be skeptical of this story. It’s not surprising that Biden would run with it, though. He’s no stranger to peddling fiction for political purposes.

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