Indiana Lawyer Common Todd Rokita (R) on Wednesday stated he filed a criticism with the state’s medical licensing board, asking it to research an Indianapolis physician who offered an abortion to a 10-year-old rape sufferer from Ohio.
The criticism alleges Caitlin Bernard violated federal and Indiana regulation associated to affected person privateness and the reporting of kid abuse by sharing the lady’s story with the press “to additional her political agenda.”
Rokita stated Bernard additionally failed to instantly report back to state authorities the abuse and rape that led to the lady’s being pregnant.
“Dr. Bernard violated the regulation, her affected person’s belief, and the requirements for the medical occupation when she disclosed her affected person’s abuse, medical points, and medical remedy to a reporter at an abortion rights rally to additional her political agenda,” Rokita’s workplace stated in an announcement.
Rokita’s workplace didn’t say what sort of penalty it was in search of, saying “it’s as much as the Medical Licensing Board to find out whether or not there are penalties.”
Bernard stated she carried out the abortion in June, days after the Supreme Court docket’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade. The lady traveled from Ohio and was referred to Bernard as a result of abortions had been unlawful beneath Ohio’s newly enacted set off regulation.
When Bernard’s actions gained nationwide consideration, some information retailers and Republican politicians — together with Ohio’s legal professional basic — falsely recommended Bernard had fabricated the story and that the lady didn’t exist.
As soon as the story was confirmed, Rokita publicly stated on platforms reminiscent of Fox Information that he supposed to research whether or not Bernard had filed the right notices for abortions beneath Indiana state regulation.
Shortly after Rokita made his public remarks about Bernard, her employer, Indiana College Well being, launched an announcement saying it had discovered no proof Bernard didn’t adjust to privateness legal guidelines.
Information obtained by numerous media retailers confirmed that Bernard filed an acceptable report with the Indiana Division of Well being inside the required three-day window.
Bernard is suing Rokita to cease his workplace from accessing confidential medical information it requested as a part of an investigation into her medical apply.
In an announcement, Bernard’s legal professional referred to as the criticism “a last-ditch effort to intimidate Dr. Bernard and different suppliers of abortion care.”
“Although I’m upset he has put my consumer on this place, we aren’t stunned given Mr. Rokita’s constant efforts to make use of his workplace to hunt to punish these with whom he disagrees on the expense of Indiana taxpayers,” stated Kathleen DeLaney of DeLaney & DeLaney LLC.