In his complaint against Dr. Caitlin Bernard, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rodikta asked the state’s medical licensing board to «impose appropriate disciplinary action» for violating «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 politcal agenda» (via Associated Press).
The complaint, the Associated Press reports, comes on the heels of the Deputy Attorney General Caryn Nieman-Szyper questioning Bernard during a hearing last week that’s part of the lawsuit Bernard filed against Rodikta to stop him from accessing patient medical records.
Rodikta made the request for private medical records of patients after consumer complaints against Bernard began coming in from people not necessarily even Indiana state residents. According to Politco, the lawsuit claims «no reasonable prosecutor could determine [the complaints] have merit.» In a press conference after last week’s hearing, attorney Kathleen DeLaney told the Associated Press the complaints were based on things people «saw on television or heard about on social media,» adding that the complaints came from people who «had never met Dr. Bernard» and «had never gotten medical care from Dr. Bernard.»
The Associated Press adds that during the hearing, Nieman-Szyper told Bernard these investigations wouldn’t be happening if she hadn’t talked to a reporter «to advance her own advocacy of abortion rights.»