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Doctors fear AG’s threat to abortion provider could have chilling effect on healthcare

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Doctors fear the threat will have a chilling effect on healthcare providers, questioning if they’ll be able to legally provide the medical care their patients need. INDIANAPOLIS — Doctors and lawyers said they’re outraged and concerned after Indiana’s Attorney General Todd Rokita threatened to go after the doctor who performed a legal abortion on a 10-year-old rape victim who crossed state lines from Ohio to get treatment.

Rokita released a statement Thursday that said:

“Aside from the horror caused here by illegal immigration, we are investigating this situation and are waiting for the relevant documents to prove if the abortion and/or the abuse were reported, as Dr. Caitlin Bernard had requirements to do both under Indiana law. The failure to do so constitutes a crime in Indiana, and her behavior could also affect her licensure. Additionally, if a HIPAA violation did occur, that may affect next steps as well. I will not relent in the pursuit of the truth.”

The child’s case has been in the international headlines in the days after the Supreme Court overturned the nation’s constitutional right to abortion, as Ohio’s strict fetal heartbeat law prevented the child from seeking an abortion in her home state.

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