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Indiana Medical Board Disciplines Doctor Who Provided Abortion to 10-Year-Old Rape Survivor

HeadlineMay 26, 2023

The Indiana State Medical Board has reprimanded and fined an Indianapolis doctor who publicly disclosed she had performed an abortion on a 10-year-old rape survivor from Ohio last year. A majority of the board found Dr. Caitlin Bernard violated privacy laws by speaking about the girl’s case, fining Bernard $3,000. At Thursday’s hours-long disciplinary hearing, Bernard explained why she decided to speak out.

Dr. Caitlin Bernard: “I think that it’s incredibly important for people to understand the real-world impacts of the laws of this country, about abortion or otherwise. I think it’s important for people to know what patients will have to go through because of legislation that is being passed.”

Indiana’s Republican Attorney General Todd Rokita launched an investigation into Bernard last year after she came forward, calling her “unfit” to practice medicine and urging the board to take disciplinary action against her. Abortion is still legal in Indiana up to 22 weeks into a pregnancy.

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