Abortion law in Ohio: raped girl will have no right to terminate the pregnancy

11-year-old girl from Ohio was raped by a 26-year-old man several times, and then got pregnant.

State law, passed in April but not yet in force, provides that such victims, as she did not have a choice: they will have to carry and give birth to the child of her rapist.

The new law forbids women to have an abortion after detection of fetal heartwhich is approximately five or six weeks of pregnancy. Very often at this period women are not even aware that they have a baby. The law provides no exceptions for rape or incest, the only exception is for medical reasons.

Upon signing the bill the Governor of Ohio Mike devine called for a focus on the rights of the fetus.

«The primary function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us, those who have no voice, — he said. — The role of government should be to protect life from beginning to end.»

Although 11-year-old girl, mentioned above, is not subject to the new law (remember, it is not yet in force), but thousands of other women, young women and girls in the future will be subject to.

According to the FBI, in 2017 in Ohio was raped more than 4000 women. Of these, more than 800 of the victims were subjected to violence by a family member.

A ban on abortion after detection of fetal heart rate will not come into force until July, but representatives of the American civil liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for reproductive rights has vowed to challenge it in court.

Earlier, similar laws were blocked by Federal courts in Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota.

«Despite the fact that the law has not yet entered into force, 11-year-old girl will face many obstacles if they want to terminate the pregnancy, told CBS News Elizabeth Nash, senior Manager of the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization on reproductive rights. — Abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy is prohibited in the state, and minors must obtain parental consent or to discuss your case with a judge.»

Exceptions regarding rape and incest have become the cause of disputes lawmakers last week in Alabama.

If the bill in this state will not exclude these items, it will be the toughest law against abortion in the US since 1973.