Indiana medical board collections doctor’s hearing in abortion instance

INDIANAPOLIS– Indiana’s clinical licensing board next month will certainly hear an instance relating to the Indianapolis doctor who this previous summer offered an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio.The Feb. 23 hearing is the first step in establishing the medical permit standing of Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist whom the Indiana attorney general declared gone against personal privacy laws after Bernard spoke with an Indianapolis newspaper concerning the Ohio woman’s treatment.Attorneys for Bernard mentioned the doctor followed Indiana’s abortion and kid misuse reporting requirements while the child’s case was being explored by Ohio authorities, court records from December show. The instance attracted nationwide focus in the weeks after the united state Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade last June. A 27-year-old guy was later butted in Columbus, Ohio, with raping the girl. After the paper pointed out that instance in a July 1 write-up regarding people heading to Indiana for abortions because of even more limiting laws somewhere else, Indiana Attorney general of the United States Todd Rokita told Fox News he would examine Bernard’s activities, calling her an “abortion activist serving as a physician.” Bernard filed a claim against Rokita in November, when she suggested Rokita’s office was incorrectly justifying the examination with “pointless” consumer issues sent by individuals without individual expertise concerning the woman’s abortion.Marion Region Judge Heather Welch ruled last month in that case that Rokita could continue examining Bernard after his office requested the state medical licensing board discipline Bernard. But Welch additionally claimed Rokita wrongly revealed comments regarding exploring Bernard before he submitted that problem with the board.Bernard’s lawyer as well as Rokita did not instantly reply to requests for comment.—— Arleigh Rodgers is a corps participant for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Campaign. Report for America is a not-for-profit nationwide service program that places journalists in regional newsrooms to report on undercovered problems. Follow her on Twitter at

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