The physician at the center of a national story about a 10-year-old rape victim could become the target of an investigation herself, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (R) disclosed on Wednesday.
What is the background?
Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis OB/GYN and abortion advocate, told multiple news outlets that she provided care to a 10-year-old girl from Ohio after being contacted by a child abuse doctor in the Buckeye State last month.
According to Bernard, the child was pregnant — six weeks and three days — but could not receive an abortion in Ohio after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
The story raised significant red flags because, despite being repeated by national news outlets and even President Joe Biden, no one had independently corroborated the story. Even Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) said this week that his office had heard "not a whisper anywhere" about the victim or the perpetrator.
The tragic story was ultimately confirmed after police arrested 27-year-old Gershon Fuentes, an immigrant in the U.S. illegally, for the heinous crime on Tuesday.
What did Rokita say?
Speaking with Fox News host Jesse Watters, Rokita said his office will investigate Bernard because she purportedly failed to disclose the case to law enforcement.
Indiana's mandatory reporting law requires any person who suspects child abuse to report the incident to law enforcement.
"We have this abortion activist acting as a doctor with a history of failing to report," Rokita said. "So, we’re gathering the evidence as we speak, and we’re going to fight this to the end, including looking at [Bernard’s] licensure if she failed to report. In Indiana it’s a crime to intentionally not report.
"This is a child, and there’s a strong public interest in understanding if someone under the age of 16 or under the age of 18 or really any woman is having an abortion in our state," he added. "And then if a child is being sexually abused, of course parents need to know, authorities need to know, public policy experts need to know. We all need to know as citizens in a free republic so we can stop this."
Rotika went on to blast Bernard and the media for allegedly having "politicized" the tragic story "for the gain of killing more babies."
"They were right there jumping in on all this, thinking that it was gonna be great for their abortionist movement when this girl has been so brutalized," Rotika said.
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Bernard released a statement Wednesday after news of Fuentes' arrest broke.
"My heart breaks for all survivors of sexual assault and abuse. I am so sad that our country is failing them when they need us most," Bernard said. "Doctors must be able to give people the medical care they need, when and where they need it."