IN: AG sues hospital system over privacy of Ohio girl who traveled for abortion

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

“Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has sued the state’s largest hospital system, claiming it violated patient privacy laws when a doctor publicly shared the story of an Ohio girl who traveled to Indiana for an abortion. The lawsuit, filed Friday against IU Health and IU Healthcare Associates, alleges the health care organization violated HIPAA and state law after a doctor made international news in 2022 when she shared the story of a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio who traveled to Indiana for an abortion. … Indiana’s medical licensing board found obstetrician-gynecologist Caitlin Bernard violated privacy laws in handling the abortion patient’s information in a story published in July 2022 in The Indianapolis Star. But representatives of the medical community nationwide – from individual doctors to the American Medical Association to an author of HIPAA – don’t think Bernard did anything illegal.” (09/18/23)