A Hoosier doctor who performed an abortion procedure for a 10-year-old rape victim will be reprimanded, but she will not lose her medical license.
Dr. Caitlin Bernard gained national attention last year, after the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court of the United States. She spoke to the press about providing an abortion for the Ohio girl, who had gotten pregnant after being raped.
The Indiana Medical Licensing Board determined that her decision to speak to the press did violate some patient privacy laws. As punishment, she will have to pay a $3,000 fine and will receive a letter of reprimand.
However, the doctor will still be free to practice medicine. The state’s Attorney General, Todd Rokita, had hoped to see her medical license suspended. He also called her an “abortion activist acting as a doctor.”
Though Rokita did not get his desired result, he released a statement in which he said, “We appreciate the Medical Licensing Board’s extraordinary time and consideration. My team did a great job getting the Truth out.”
That being said, Bernard and her lawyers say she did not reveal any explicit identifying information about the little girl, and she argues that talking about the girl’s case was important for educating people about the realities of modern abortion care.
The Medical Board was split in its decision.
Right to Life Michiana Executive Director Antonio Marchi issued the following statement:
“Yesterday’s hearing demonstrated that Dr. Bernard leveraged her position as a medical
professional to gain national attention to advance her agenda on abortion — and violated the privacy of a ten-year-old girl to do so. Bernard claimed during the hearing that her priority is patient care, yet she exploited her young patient. The pro-abortion movement has a long history of using post-traumatic women as publicity pawns, stemming back to Roe v. Wade over fifty years ago. Women deserve our help and support after undergoing trauma, not to be exploited by the pro-abortion movement.”
Bernard should have been fined at lest $50k. Then had her license suspended for at least two years. The paltry fine will not deter her for another episode of love me nor will it deter the next activist pretending to be a doctor. I for one would NEVER seek her our for medical care of any kind. Who needs a pretend doctor?