A GOP lawmaker questioned why rape victims would need access to abortions after six weeks of pregnancy in defense of Ohio's new restrictions, which were made possible by the Supreme Court's decision to overrule Roe v. Wade.
In an interview with CNN's Pamela Brown, Ohio lawmaker Warren Davidson defended the state's heartbeat bill, which became law after the landmark Supreme Court case that protected the right to have an abortion was struck down on Friday (June 24). The new Ohio law bans abortions roughly six weeks into pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The heartbeat bill includes no exceptions for rape or incest.
When Davidson was asked whether he was comfortable with a 12-year-old rape victim potentially being forced to carry to term under the Ohio law, the Republican lawmaker said he couldn't imagine why the child would need an abortion past the time frame set by the state.
"You don't know you were raped for 2 months?" Davidson said citing that the bill allowing abortions before six weeks was a "compromise" since "science says" life begins at conception.
"I fully support Ohio's law, and I commend our governor and legislature for passing it where previous administration had failed."
Brown again proposed the same scenario to Davidson to ensure his beliefs on child rape victims carrying to term were clear.
The GOP lawmaker doubled down on his sentiments, "It's hard to conceive of someone who doesn't know they were raped for 2 months." He emphasized that the ban on abortions after six weeks was a "great law" that dealt with rape cases by allowing roughly six weeks for a pregnancy to be terminated.
Davidson's sentiments come as states move to quickly enact their abortion bans that remained dormant and void due to the landmark precedent previously in place.
On Friday, the Supreme Court declared that Roe v. Wade was "egregiously wrong" and overturned the decision that protected abortion rights for nearly 50 years.