A doctor who performed an abortion for a rape victim who was 10 years old is the subject of an ethics complaint and possible investigation by the attorney general of Indiana.
Lauren Robel is a former dean of the IU Maurer School of Law.
Robel accused Rokita of making "dangerous, politicized, and factually baseless assaults against" Bernard, going against his duty to protect our citizens.
Bernard's story about a 10-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion in Ohio was confirmed by Fox News last week, prompting Rokita's office to investigate.
According to public records obtained by multiple news outlets, Bernard did, in fact, report the abortion in line with state law, and Indiana University Health said it had investigated whether she had properly followed privacy laws.
The AG's office told Forbes Tuesday that it wouldn't be deterred by Robel's allegations of being "without basis."
Robel wrote that General Rokita identified a private citizen who he disagreed with and suggested that she had broken the law. He can target any private citizen with whom he disagrees if he can throw the entire weight of his office. The rule of law is not being followed.
The case here is that any attorney or client can file anything they want. The office is still investigating if Dr. Bernard was in compliance with Indiana and federal privacy laws. No action has been taken.
If the commission believes that Rokita committed a crime, it will file a complaint against him with the court. If the court finds that Rokita committed wrongdoing, there could be sanctions ranging from a temporary suspension of his law license to full disbarment. The commission only investigated 9% of the complaints it received between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
The doctor may bring litigation against those who have smeared her, such as the AG, according to her attorney. The attorney for Bernard sent a letter to Rokita last week asking him to stop making false and misleading statements about the doctor.
Rokita could be the second Indiana attorney general in a row to be punished for improper conduct. The law license of the former AG was suspended for 30 days in 2020 after four women accused him of touching them.
Bernard aided a 10-year-old girl who traveled to Indiana for an abortion after being raped and denied an abortion in Ohio because of the state's six week ban on abortions. The girl was six weeks pregnant when the abortion was denied. She got an abortion on June 30. The child's story was reported to the media by an Indiana doctor, who told the Star she had been asked to take the patient by a colleague in Ohio. A number of Republicans questioned the story's validity when it first came out, but were forced to backtrack on their comments when the child's rapist was found. The child should have been denied the abortion according to many anti- abortion advocates. As many women who have had babies as a result of rape, we would hope that she would understand the benefit of having the child, according to National Right to Life attorney James Bopp.
The former IU dean wants the Supreme Court to investigate Todd Rokita.
The complaint says that the attorney general's comments endanger abortion providers.
The doctor who helped a 10-year-old get an abortion is under investigation.
The doctor who helped the 10-year-old rape victim get an abortion is being investigated by Indiana.