Indiana doctor reprimanded after performing 10-year-old's abortion and telling reporter: 'egregious violation'
An Indiana board voted Thursday to reprimand Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis doctor who performed an abortion on a 10-year-old rape victim then shared the information about the procedure with the media.
The Indiana State Medical Licensing Board fined Bernard $3,000 after it determined she violated privacy laws by talking publicly about the operation.
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, a Republican, also accused Bernard of violating state law by not reporting the child abuse to the state’s law enforcement authorities, but the board rejected this accusation.
The incident sparked a national debate over abortion, as the states were pressed to pass their own laws on the legality of abortion.
Many states had so-called trigger laws that went into effect outlawing abortion once the high court announced its ruling.
The state argued Bernard committed an "egregious violation" of patient privacy and said she failed to share information about the rape with Indiana’s Department of Child Services or police.
Indiana’s attorney general told Fox News that Bernard’s actions suggested to him that she was an "abortion activist acting as a doctor."
DISCIPLINARY HEARING FOR INDIANA DOCTOR WHO PERFORMED ABORTION ON 10-YEAR-OLD RAPE VICTIM SET TO BEGINDeputy Attorney General Cory Voight argued Thursday that Bernard was not acting in the best interest of her patient.
Bernard attested to her own innocence and repeatedly defended her actions, telling the board Thursday that she followed Indiana’s reporting requirements.
Bernard was given a chance to defend her actions and was specifically asked why she discussed the 10-year-old’s rape with a reporter.
"I think if the attorney general, Todd Rokita, had not chosen to make this his political stunt we wouldn’t be here today," Bernard said.
The Indiana board consists of five doctors and an attorney.