First, the news broke about a ten-year-old child being forced to cross state lines to terminate a pregnancy. High-profile media and political figures first claimed the story was a lie, and when that was proven wrong, they instead turned their attacks on the doctors involved in caring for the child.
The story of a ten-year-old girl who was denied an abortion in Ohio would inevitably become a significant talking point in the post-Roe abortion access discussion. Her case was very much what pro-choice advocates had warned of — an innocent child, victim of rape, and potentially forced to carry the pregnancy to term (though in her case, she was able to receive an abortion by crossing state lines. It’s similar to the stories that anti-choicers swore were so vanishingly rare among abortion cases as to be irrelevant.
Now, Caitlin Bernard, the Indiana doctor who provided the child with care her own state had outlawed, says her attorney has sent a cease-and-desist notice to the Attorney General of her state, who has added to the propaganda by indicating — falsely — that she did not report the procedure as required under law.
"Stop the smear.” -The attorney for Dr. Caitlin Bernard, the Indiana doctor who provided an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim, sent a cease and desist notice to Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita. Watch Kathleen Delaney explain to CNN’s @erinburnett why she sent the letter. pic.twitter.com/mnvGoHXjvh
— CNN (@CNN) July 16, 2022
Attorney Kathleen Delaney says that she filed a cease and desist on behalf of her client, hoping to accomplish two things:
“First, we want Mr. Rokita to stop lying about Dr. Bernard and stop smearing her reputation and making ridiculously unsupported accusations when even the barest minimum of homework on his part would have found that the report had been timely done. So, we want him to stop the smear, and we want him to stop this dangerous rhetoric that he’s using where he’s whipping people up into a frenzy…we want to make sure that our client stays safe.”
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com