Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist who was thrown into the nationwide highlight after a 10-year-old rape sufferer traveled from Ohio to Indiana for an abortion, mentioned the case has made individuals acknowledge the impression of legal guidelines proscribing abortions.
According to Indiana information, Bernard is the physician who offered a medication-induced abortion to the 10-year-old on June 30. Due to privateness legal guidelines, she’s unable to substantiate that.
“I think we’re at a time in our country where people are starting to realize the impact of these anti-abortion laws,” Bernard instructed “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell in an unique tv interview on Tuesday.
“This has been going on for a long time — becoming harder and harder in many states for people to access abortion,” she mentioned. “And now when it’s finally become impossible for some people, we’re realizing what that is going to look like, what the real-life implications are for people who need abortion care. I think people realize that that is actually not what they intended. That is not what they want for children, for women, to be put in these situations of life-threatening conditions, of traumatic pregnancies. They realize that abortion needs to be safe and legal.”
When requested how typically she receives calls from out-of-state docs about younger girls who’ve been raped and wish an abortion, Bernard mentioned, “unfortunately, sexual assault in children is not uncommon.”
“I’m not the only provider who has taken care of young children needing abortion care,” she mentioned.
Earlier this month, Bernard gave an interview to the Indianapolis Star in regards to the 10-year-old rape sufferer after Ohio’s near-total abortion ban went into impact following the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. The state’s regulation bans abortions from the time a fetus’ cardiac exercise might be detected, which is usually round six weeks of being pregnant.
Prominent Republicans questioned Bernard’s account and accused her of mendacity. Attorney General Todd Rokita mentioned he would examine whether or not Bernard violated baby abuse notification or abortion reporting legal guidelines, in addition to federal medical privateness legal guidelines for talking to the Indianapolis Star in regards to the case. Indiana regulation requires docs to report abortions carried out on women youthful than 16 inside three days of the process. Bernard submitted her report in regards to the lady’s abortion on July 2, in response to information obtained by CBS News.
Rokita’s workplace reached out to Bernard’s workplace for the primary time Tuesday, CBS News has discovered. Kathleen DeLaney, Bernard’s legal professional, instructed CBS News that signifies the investigation is within the “very early days since our first notice was today.” She added, “it’s unclear to us the nature of the investigation and what authority he has to investigate Dr. Bernard.”
Since the preliminary doubt from some, a 27-year-old Ohio man has been charged with raping the lady.
“Come spend a day in my clinic,” Bernard mentioned when requested about those that accused her of fabricating the story. “Come see the care that we provide every single day. The situations that people find themselves in, and in need of abortion care are some of the most difficult that you could imagine. And that’s why we, as physicians, need to be able to provide that care unhindered, that medical decisions need to be made between a physician and their patients.”
Bernard, who instructed O’Donnell she has felt threatened, moved to sue Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita for defamation, saying he made false statements about her after the June 30 case got here to gentle.
Bernard additionally mentioned the Supreme Court’s choice overturning Roe v. Wade could have ramifications for different reproductive well being care, not simply abortions, that might endanger girls’s lives.
“When you take away the right to privacy in your medical decision-making, it puts you in a situation where you don’t know where to turn,” she mentioned. “And it makes it incredibly difficult, not just to provide abortion care, but full-spectrum reproductive health care. You know, this will affect our ability to take care of miscarriages. This will affect our ability to take care of complications in early pregnancy that could kill someone. This will affect our ability to provide infertility treatment, contraception, the list goes on.”
Asked what she would say to those that imagine abortion is immoral, Bernard mentioned their private non secular beliefs shouldn’t impede on others’ entry to medical care.
“What I would say is if you don’t believe that you would have an abortion, then don’t have one,” she mentioned. “You cannot stop other people from accessing medical care that they need based on your personal religious beliefs. You would never want somebody to do that to you.”