Indiana prosecutor seeks to punish doctor in 10-year-old’s abortion case

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3 minute readNovember 30, 20222:29 PM PSTLast Updated 13 hours ago

Indiana prosecutor seeks to punish doctor in 10-year-old’s abortion case

By Gabriella Borter

Special session debating on banning abortion, in Indianapolis
A general view of the Indiana Statehouse shortly before the vote to accept Senate Bill 1, which was passed by the House earlier in the day, making the Indiana legislature the first in the nation to restrict abortions, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. August 5, 2022. REUTERS/Cheney Orr

Nov 30 (Reuters) – Indiana’s attorney general on Wednesday asked the state’s medical board to discipline an Indiana doctor who performed an abortion on a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio in a case that became a flashpoint in the debate over access to the procedure.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, a Republican, accused Dr. Caitlin Bernard of “violating a patient’s privacy rights” and the obligation to immediately report child abuse to Indiana authorities.

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Rokita has been investigating whether Dr. Bernard followed state law requiring doctors to report abortions, even though public records showed Dr. Bernard promptly reported the abortion as required.

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His office asked the state’s medical licensing board to determine the appropriate penalty for Dr. Bernard, ranging from a letter of reprimand to permanent revocation of her medical license.

Kathleen DeLaney, Dr. Bernard’s lawyer, said in a statement on Wednesday that her client had complied with all reporting requireme

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