The state’s attorney general is now looking into the Indiana doctor who aborted a 10-year-old rape victim.
An unidentified 10-year-old sexual assault victim had to fly from her native state of Ohio to Indiana to see Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who operates an abortion clinic there.
However, a recent headline in the case indicates that Bernand is currently under investigation.
When Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita referred to Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an OB-GYN who practices in two distinct Indiana clinics, as a “abortion activist posing as a doctor” with a “history of failing to disclose” criminal offenses, the headline gained notice.
“We are investigating this situation and are waiting for the relevant documents to prove if the abortion and/or the abuse were reported, as Dr Caitlin Bernard had requirements to do both under Indiana law,” Rokita, a pro-life Republican, said in a statement Thursday, July 14. “The failure to do so constitutes a crime in Indiana, and her behavior could also affect her licensure. Additionally, if a HIPAA violation did occur, that may affect the next steps as well. I will not relent in the pursuit of the truth.”
In the letter made public by AG Rokita, Bernard claimed that there were no records of the abortion or the abuse being reported.
As part of their investigation into Bernard’s reported abortion of the 10-year-old victim, the Attorney General’s office’s staff member called the Indiana Department of Health and requested a copy of every Termination of Pregnancy Report (TRP) filed in the previous 30 days. Rokita also mentioned this incident. Bernard, however, did not offer any TRPs.
Bernard, 37, who lives with her husband in a modest two-story home just outside Indianapolis, has advocated for abortion rights in over 20 print and broadcast outlets since 2017. But, since the questions have surrounded her, she has not responded to any of them in regard to the probe.
After the arrest of the 27-year-old accuser Gershon Fuentes, Bernard finally broke her silence. “My heart breaks for all survivors of sexual assault and abuse,” Bernard said in a tweet. “I am so sad that our country is failing them when they need us most. Doctors must be able to give people the medical care they need, when and where they need it.”