Penalty asked for Indianapolis doctor who spoke of 10-year-old’s abortion

Dr. Caitlin Bernard, a reproductive healthcare provider, speaks during an abortion rights rally...
Dr. Caitlin Bernard, a reproductive healthcare provider, speaks during an abortion rights rally on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. The lawyer for Bernard, an Indiana doctor at the center of a political firestorm after speaking out about a 10-year-old child abuse victim who traveled from Ohio for an abortion, said Thursday, JUly 14, 2022, that her client provided proper treatment and did not violate any patient privacy laws in discussing the unidentified girl's case.(Jenna Watson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has asked the state medical licensing board to discipline an Indianapolis doctor who has spoken publicly about providing an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim who traveled from Ohio after its more-restrictive abortion law took effect.

The complaint alleges Dr. Caitlin Bernard violated state law by not reporting the girl’s child abuse to Indiana authorities and violated patient privacy laws by telling a reporter about the girl’s treatment.

That account sparked a national political uproar in the weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.

Bernard maintains the girl’s abuse had already been reported to Ohio police before the doctor ever saw the child.