Indiana judge rules state can continue investigation into abortionist

An Indiana judge has ruled that Attorney General Todd Rokita can continue his investigation into abortionist Caitlin Bernard, who committed an abortion on a 10-year-old rape survivor. The judge also denied Bernard’s request to block Rokita from accessing her patient medical records.

As Live Action News previously reported, Bernard has been in the spotlight as the abortionist who committed an abortion on a 10-year-old rape survivor and then went to the press about it. Rokita is accusing Bernard of violating state law for not reporting the rape in a timely manner, and of violating patient privacy laws by disclosing much of the girl’s situation to the press. He has subpoenaed Bernard’s patient medical records as part of his investigation.

“Dr. Bernard violated the law, her patient’s trust and the standards for the medical profession when she disclosed her patient’s abuse, medical issues, and medical treatment to a reporter at an abortion rights rally to further her political agenda,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement, according to Yahoo News. “Simply concealing the patient’s name falls far short of her legal and ethical duties here.”

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In response to Rokita’s investigation, Bernard sued him and filed an emergency injunction asking the courts to stop Rokita from accessing her patient records. In the Friday ruling, Judge Heather Welch denied the emergency motion, saying that the jurisdiction of the matter falls under the state’s Medical Licensing Board.

“This is a win for patient privacy rights in the practice of medicine and for properly reporting child abuse,” Rokita said in a statement Friday evening. “This case is not really about abortion, despite the best efforts of those with an agenda to make it appear that way.”

“The doctor and her attorneys initiated this media frenzy from the beginning, and it continues to draw attention to this innocent little girl who is trying to cope with a horrific trauma,” the attorney general’s office said. “The [office] will continue to fight for patients’ rights and safety in this and other situations.”

Bernard’s attorney, Kathleen DeLaney, said that they will continue to defend Bernard’s actions. “We are confident in the record and testimony that we have already developed and look forward to presenting Dr. Bernard’s evidence to the Medical Licensing Board,” she said.

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