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A Man Brutally Raped An 11 Year-Old Girl And Now She Could Be Forced To Carry The Baby To Term Thanks To A Severe Abortion Law

All across the country, certain Republican-led states are trying their hardest to reverse Roe vs. Wade — the historic Supreme Court ruling that allows women to have an abortion. If they cannot overturn the law, which is protected under the Fourteenth Amendment, they will alter it harshly, and the most vulnerable women will have to pay the consequence.

The heartbeat bill, a law that forbids females to have an abortion after six weeks, has gone into effect in Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa, and North Dakota — the latest is in Georgia. Many pro-choice advocates say the six-week restriction is beyond dangerous because some women have no idea they’re even pregnant within six weeks. Now, one 11-year-old rape victim in Ohio will have to deal with the consequences of the controversial law.

An 11-year-old girl who was raped could be forced to carry the baby conceived due to a new bill that passed in Ohio in April.

According to media reports, her alleged rapist is 26-year-old Juan Leon-Gomez. Police arrested him at his house in Massillon, a town 60 miles from Cleveland. That is where the suspect kept the young girl hidden in his closet. His roommate tipped off the police. Leon-Gomez is charged with rape, and “obstructing official business and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child.”

The six-week abortion law goes into effect in Ohio in July, unless it is overturned in court.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Cleveland is attempting to block their legislation from going into effect this summer.

“This legislation is blatantly unconstitutional and we will fight to the bitter end to ensure that this bill is permanently blocked,” Freda Levenson, said in a press release statement. “SB 23 is one of the most aggressive, oppressive, and radical attacks against women ever seen in this state and this country. A nearly identical bill in Kentucky was just struck down by a federal judge – we feel confident our impending litigation will ultimately prevail.”

In Argentina, where abortion is legal only for rape or health reasons, an 11-year-old was forced to have her baby even though she wanted an abortion after being raped by an extended family member.

The law in Argentina allows rape victims to have abortions as well as if the mother’s health is a concern. However, authorities delayed the abortion that by the time they approved it, it was too late into her pregnancy. She had to have the baby to full-term, and she nearly died giving birth.

“Nobody in all the regional health system wanted to interrupt the pregnancy,” Cecilia Ousset, a gynecologist said, according to The Washington Post. Ousset helped deliver the baby through a cesarean section because no one at the hospital wanted to. “It was just us, but we couldn’t abandon her. If we didn’t interrupt the pregnancy, this girl would have died.”

READ: Video Of Teen’s Gang Rape Uploaded To Social Media Sparks Outrage In Brazil

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Video Shows AP Photographer Attacked By Capitol Hill Rioters Accusing Him Of Being Antifa

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Video Shows AP Photographer Attacked By Capitol Hill Rioters Accusing Him Of Being Antifa

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Americans watched in horror as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6. As the dust settles, we are seeing more of the chaos including the attack on journalists who were there doing their jobs when the mob turned violent.

Associated Press photographer John Minchillo was attacked by Trump supporters on Jan. 6.

Video taken by his colleague Julio Cortez shows Minchillo being violently pushed and pulled around by the angry mob. The video is a jarring reminder of the physical manifestation of the attack on the free press. President Trump has routinely singled out the media at his rallies and has celebrated violence against the press.

You can hear Cortez pleading with the crowd to stop attacking Minchillo.

You can hear people in the crowd shouting, “Get the f-ck out of here.” The people in the crowd grab at Minchillo and he is quickly surrounded by 5 to 6 people who are shoving and pulling him to get him out of the crowd using violence.

“Thankfully, he wasn’t injured,” Cortez worte in his Instagram post. “He was labeled as an anti protesters (sic), even though he kept flashing his press credentials, and one person can be heard threatening to kill him. This is an unedited, real life situation of a member of the press keeping his cool even though he was being attacked. A true professional and a great teammate, I’m glad we were able to get away.”

Journalists are highlighting the video to show what it can be like to cover Trump events as press.

President Trump has a long history of attacking and belittling journalist while president. He has also launched attacks on the credibility of the press by calling major media outlets fake news. His supporters echo many of these claims when they are confronted by media or turn on the media at his events.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is calling for a full investigation into the attack.

Fellow journalists are calling for authorities to investigate what happened in that moment. The Capitol police were there when Minchillo was attacked yet nothing was done to protect the AP photographer as the crowd grew violent.

People are sharing screengrabs to start identifying the instigators.

The internet has made it hard to hide when you do something wrong. Not to mention that wearing a mask to follow Covid health guidelines would have covered their faces. There are rumors that the same people who mounted their failed coup on Jan. 6 are planning another attack on the Capitol on Jan. 19.

READ: Far-Right Trump Supporters Violently Storm The US Capitol Forcing Lockdown

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Survey Says Support For Abortion Has Risen In Mexico

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Survey Says Support For Abortion Has Risen In Mexico

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Abortion rights have been long-debated issues for countries across the globe. Always, when it comes to conversations about women’s reproductive rights, is the debate that decisions like these should be decided solely by the people directly affected. You know, the ones with uteruses. Surprisingly, the president of Mexico agrees.

Last Thursday, the president declared that he believed that the decision about whether the country should legalize abortion should be left up to women.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stressed last week that the legality of abortion should be up to Mexico’s women to decide.

While López Obrador avoided revealing his actual position on the issue, he did say that a public consultation should be considered in the decision. In Mexico, the issue of abortion remains controversial and is still rejected by many Mexicans.

“It’s a decision for women,” Lopez Obrador explained one day after the Argentine Senate voted to make abortion legal. “It’s just that matters of this nature should not be decided from above.”

Lopez Obrador’s comments came soon after the Argentine vote was made and journalists in a news conference asked him whether he thought Mexico should take similar action.

Mexico, a majority Roman Catholic nation, is changing in its perception of abortion restrictions.

According to Reuters, “At the end of November, support for abortion stood at 48% in a survey, published by the news organizations El Financiero and Nación321 – a steep rise from the 29% recorded in March. The poll, based on telephone interviews with 410 participants, asked if respondents agreed that “the law should permit a woman the right to abortion.”

While abortion is legal in Mexico City and the state of Oaxaca, it remains illegal in most of the country with the exception of special circumstances.

According to Reuters, a “nationwide poll published in September 2019 by newspaper El Financiero showed that a woman’s right to abortion only had majority support in Mexico City and Baja California state.”

Sixty-three percent of people who took part in the survey said that they were against abortion rights while 32% were in favor. Fifteen thousand adults took part in the survey.

Various nations in Latin American ban abortion in totality. El Salvador, has in the past sentenced women to up to 40 years in prison. Until recently, only Cuba and Uruguay have allowed women to recieve elective abortions.

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