A new campaign ad from Ohio attorney general candidate Jeff Crossman takes aim at current AG Dave Yost and his remarks about a 10-year-old rape victim who was forced out of state to obtain abortion care.
"Dave Yost, you disgust me," a Northeast, Ohio woman named "Geri" says directly to the camera in the ad. "When a 10-year-old was raped and impregnated, Yost went on national TV and called it a hoax? I am a grandmother and I have a 10-year-old granddaughter."
The ad, which started airing Sept. 27, features footage of Yost on Fox News doubting the existence of a child rape victim. The rape was first reported in July by the Indianapolis Star. The publication reported that a 10-year-old rape victim was forced to go to Indiana to terminate her pregnancy, thanks to Ohio's "heartbeat" law, which Yost pushed past the finish line after the U.S. Supreme Court's June 24 overturn of Roe v. Wade.
Just one day after Yost's Fox appearance, Columbus police arrested a 27-year-old man they say confessed to raping the child at least twice. Yost responded to news of the arrest by telling News 5 in Cleveland “I never apologize for speaking the truth."
Affidavits in a Hamilton County Case brought forward by Ohio abortion providers details another known case of a raped child fleeing the state to obtain abortion care.
Yost's office did not immediately respond to CityBeat's request for comment.
Watch Crossman's campaign ad below: