IN: Doctor’s discipline hearing centers on privacy, reporting of Ohio 10-year-old’s abortion

Source: SFGate

“A hearing on possible disciplinary action opened Thursday for an Indianapolis doctor who spoke publicly about providing an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio, with finger pointing over how the case became a political flashpoint in the national abortion debate. Indiana’s Republican attorney general has accused Dr. Caitlin Bernard of violating state law by not reporting the girl’s child abuse to Indiana authorities. She’s also accused of breaking federal patient privacy laws by telling a newspaper reporter about the girl’s treatment. Bernard has consistently defended her actions and told the state Medical Licensing Board Thursday that she followed Indiana’s reporting requirements for child abuse cases to hospital staff — and that the girl’s rape was already being investigated by Ohio authorities. Bernard’s lawyers also said that she didn’t release any identifying information about the girl that would break privacy laws.” (05/25/23)