Dr. Caitlin Bernard, the Indiana doctor who helped a 10-year old Ohio rape victim have an abortion, is now suing Indiana’s Atty. General for abuse of authority. The lawsuit filed by Dr. Bernard also seeks to end Indiana AG Todd Rokita’s continuing investigations and issuance of subpoenas. According to the lawsuit, AG Rokita merely based investigations on superficial allegations coming from third parties who have no connection to the Ohio rape victim’s abortion case.
Legal Info Related to Dr. Bernard’s Lawsuit vs. Indiana AG
After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling last June, a 10 year old, Ohio rape victim was referred to Dr. Bernard for abortion.
The Roe vs Wade ruling, had for 50 years, previously frozen the stern anti-abortion laws in Ohio and in several other American states. Dr. Bernard’s performance of abortion on the 10-year old Ohio rape victim grabbed national attention as it was an example of why state abortion laws must recognize certain exceptions in making abortion unlawful for female citizens.
After news broke out about Dr. Bernard’s celebrated involvement in the abortion procedure AG Rokita announced conducting investigations related to the matter. The Indiana Attorney General together with an associate named Scott Barnhart, have been actively investigating Dr. Bernard’s compliance with indiana’s abortion laws; including compliance with the required reporting of all abortion cases.
About Dr. Bernard’s Lawsuit Vs. AG Rokita
Public records show that Dr. Bernard complied with all state law regulations in connection with the abortion performed on the Ohio rape victim. Yet AG Rokita and Barnhart, continued to abuse authority by conducting sham investigations and by issuing subpoenas based on complaints coming from individuals who have no direct involvement.
Dr. Bernard’s lawsuit specifically focused on the Indiana AG’s abuse of authority by violating the following investigation requirements:
- Keep the investigation specifically and narrowly focused
- Base the investigation on the merits of the case as potential violations.
- Keep confidential all information regarding investigations.