An Indianapolis abortionist who is accused of exploiting a 10-year-old rape victim to promote her pro-abortion agenda will face a hearing before the Indiana Medical Licensing Board in February.

WTHR 13 reports the board will consider complaints against Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an abortionist and OB-GYN with Indiana University Health, at the Feb. 23 hearing to determine if she should face disciplinary actions.

In November, state Attorney General Todd Rokita filed a complaint against Bernard, accusing her of violating patient privacy laws and failing to properly report child abuse to authorities in the case of the 10-year-old rape victim on whom she had performed an abortion.

Rokita said Bernard “failed to uphold legal and Hippocratic responsibilities” by “exploiting a 10-year-old little girl’s traumatic medical story to the press for her own interests,” according to the Indiana Capitol Chronicle.

Rokita also said Indiana authorities potentially may have been able to protect the little girl from further abuse if Bernard had followed the law and immediately reported the abuse. He said Bernard knew about the abuse by June 27, if not earlier, but did not report anything to authorities until July 2.

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“After the child left [Bernard’s] care … she returned to Ohio and upon information and belief, resided in the same home as her alleged rapist,” Rokita wrote in the complaint.

Later in July, authorities arrested a 27-year-old Columbus, Ohio man and charged him with raping the girl.

Bernard’s attorneys insist she is innocent. In a response to Rokita’s complaint, they said Bernard’s comments to the press about the 10-year-old did not violate HIPAA. They also asserted that she did notify authorities about the child abuse, following the policies of IU Health, her employer, the report continues.

Last summer, Bernard attracted national news attention when she told The Indianapolis Star about performing an abortion on a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the Ohio heartbeat law went into effect.

Later, the attorney general accused her of violating her medical oath by speaking about the child abuse victim to the press.

Here’s more from the Indianapolis Star:

“The doctor and her attorneys initiated this media frenzy from the beginning, and it continues to draw attention to this innocent little girl who is trying to cope with a horrific trauma,” Rokita said in a prepared statement last [month]. The administrative complaint against Bernard states that two weeks after the IndyStar story was published, a reporter showed up to the 10-year-old girl’s house in Ohio with video cameras.

Bernard contends that she did not mention her young patient’s name to the news media and the abuse already had been reported to Ohio authorities.

But Rokita said she still had a duty to report the abuse immediately, and simply concealing the girl’s name was not enough to protect her privacy.

“Bernard violated the law, her patient’s trust and the standards for the medical profession when she disclosed her patient’s abuse, medical issues and medical treatment to a reporter at an abortion rights rally to further her political agenda,” Rokita said, previously.

This is not the first time Bernard has been accused of failing to properly report a potential rape case involving a minor girl. As LifeNews reported in 2018, she and eight other abortion practitioners allegedly failed to file abuse reports in 48 cases involving girls as young as 12 years old.

The alleged 48 instances occurred prior to July 1, 2017. Complaints were filed with former Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and the Indiana State Department of Health. The Marion, Lake, Tippecanoe and Monroe county prosecutors also were notified. Two members of Congress, including Rokita who was in the U.S. House at the time, called for investigations. However, after the accusations were made, nothing ever came of them.

Indiana law requires mandatory reporting of abortions on girls under 16 to the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Department of Child Services within three days of the abortion so that authorities can investigate potential child sex abuse.

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