Letter: A question for Jim Jordan

We’ve all heard the news: A 10-year-old girl who had become pregnant as a result of rape had, because of Ohio’s new abortion law, been forced to travel to Indiana to receive an abortion.

Jim Jordan initially reacted to this report by tweeting that he thought it fake news. “Another lie. Anyone surprised?” Then it was announced that the man who had raped the girl had been arrested for the crime. Jordan took down his doubting tweet but did not apologize to the victim or her family. Nor did he question the wisdom of the new law that does not make exceptions for pregnancy as a result of rape or incest.

I have a question to ask the representative. Unless I am mistaken, Mr. Jordan, you are father to a couple of daughters. Imagine if one of those daughters, at age 10, had been brutally raped and become pregnant as a result. Would you have said to your child, “Welp, kid. It’s a tough break, I know. But I’m afraid you’re going to have to carry your rapist’s child in your body for nine months and give birth to it. Because every life is sacred.”

Is that how it would have gone down, Jim? Or would you have arranged to have that pregnancy terminated immediately, to keep your child from being further traumatized?

I patiently await your answer.

Kelly Anspaugh

Ada