Indianapolis’s Fox affiliate reports:
The Disciplinary Commission of the Indiana Supreme Court has filed a disciplinary complaint against Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita in relation to comments he made to media outlets and other public statements he made between July 2022 and September 2022 surrounding an investigation into Dr. Caitlin Bernard.
According to documents filed Monday, the commission claimed that Rokita violated various portions of the Indiana Rule of Professional Conduct when he spoke about the pending investigation into Bernard to Fox News host Jesse Watters on July 13, 2022, as well as to other media outlets and through public statements from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office.
State law requires that complaints against a doctor’s medical license “shall be held in strict confidence until the attorney general files notice with the board of the attorney general’s intent to prosecute the license.”
In July 2022, Rokita said on Fox News his office was investigating whether Bernard had failed to report the 10-year-old patient’s abortion and sexual abuse as required by law. He called Bernard “an abortion activist, acting as a doctor, with a history of failing to report.”
The Associated Press reports:
Indiana’s attorney general has sued the state’s largest hospital system, claiming it violated patient privacy laws when a doctor publicly shared the story of an Ohio girl who traveled to Indiana for an abortion.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Indianapolis federal court, marked Attorney General Todd Rokita’s latest attempt to seek disciplinary legal action against Dr. Caitlin Bernard.
The doctor’s account of a 10-year-old rape victim traveling to Indiana to receive abortion drugs became a flashpoint in the abortion debate days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer.
A complaint alleges Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita violated professional conduct in his statements about the case of a 10-year-old girl who sought an abortion in Indiana and the doctor who performed the procedure. https://t.co/ucEXQZ199n
— IndyStar (@indystar) September 18, 2023
3 professional misconduct charges have been filed against Rokita regarding his comments on Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who provided abortion care for a rape victim in a case that garnered national attention.
— 21Alive News (@ABC21WPTA) September 18, 2023
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita filed a lawsuit against IU Health on Friday, accusing the health network of violating privacy laws after their doctor spoke to the press about a 10-year old girl who traveled to the state for an abortion. @newsddw https://t.co/NmkW81vv9S
— Courthouse News (@CourthouseNews) September 15, 2023