A lawyer sent an email to the state’s attorney general in Indiana on Friday, requesting that he stop spreading incorrect or misleading information regarding an abortion that an Indianapolis doctor performed in June on a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio.
Attorney for Indiana Doctor Requests AG to Stop Making Misleading Allegations!
On behalf of obstetrician-gynecologist Caitlin Bernard, who conducted a medical abortion on the girl, attorney Kathleen DeLaney submitted a “stop and desist” letter to Indiana Republican Attorney General Todd Rokita.
Bernard is the one who performed the abortion on the kid. In the letter, Rokita is accused of making remarks that “cast Dr. Bernard in a false light and suggest malfeasance in her profession” during her appearance on Fox News on Wednesday.
If Rokita does not comply, the doctor may sue him for slander, according to Delaney, who stated this possibility.
Rokita told Fox that his office was investigating whether Bernard violated medical privacy laws by talking about the victim to the Indianapolis Star, and he said that she failed to notify authorities about suspected child abuse.
Rokita’s investigation was prompted by Bernard’s comments that she did not report the suspected abuse to the authorities. He did not present any concrete claims of improper behavior.
According to documents obtained by The Associated Press and other local media outlets, Bernard submitted the report on July 2, which is within the state’s minimum three-day reporting period for an abortion done on a girl younger than 16 years old.
In the letter, it is stated that “we are particularly concerned that, given the controversial political context of the statements, such inflammatory accusations have the potential to incite harassment or violence from the public which could prevent Dr. Bernard, an Indiana licensed physician, from providing care to her patients in a safe manner.”
“We are especially concerned that, given the controversial political context of the statements, such inflammatory accusations have the potential to incite harassment or violence from the public which could prevent
It has been confirmed that a man who is 27 years old has been charged with the rape of the girl, which puts an end to the investigation that was conducted by Republican politicians and some media sources.
The severity of these reactions increased after Democratic President Joe Biden expressed compassion for the youngster while signing an executive order guaranteeing partial access to abortions a week ago.
“It will be reviewed if and when it arrives, just like any other correspondence,” she said. In spite of this, no misleading or inaccurate claims have been made, according to Kelly Stevenson, a representative for Rokita’s office, who communicated this via email.
On Friday, Bernard posted a tweet in which she expressed her desire “to be able to share my story soon.”
She said in her letter that “it has been a trying week,” but that her coworkers and she will “continue to offer healthcare in an ethical, caring, and bold manner each and every day.”
Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s top health care officer, Dr. Diana Contreras, issued a statement in which she said, “No medical practitioner should be harassed, intimidated, or criminalized for performing their job.”
We condemn it in the strongest possible terms because it is both unconscionable and unacceptable.
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