Indiana A.G. Sues Hospital System Over Privacy Of Ohio Girl Who Traveled For Abortion | EUROtoday

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s lawyer basic has sued the state’s largest hospital system, claiming it violated affected person privateness legal guidelines when a physician publicly shared the story of an Ohio lady who traveled to Indiana for an abortion.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Indianapolis federal courtroom, marked Attorney General Todd Rokita’s newest try to hunt disciplinary authorized motion towards Dr. Caitlin Bernard. The physician’s account of a 10-year-old rape sufferer touring to Indiana to obtain abortion medicine turned a flashpoint within the abortion debate days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade final summer time.

Rokita, a Republican, is stridently anti-abortion and Indiana was the primary state to approve abortion restrictions after the courtroom’s choice. The near-total abortion ban just lately took impact after authorized battles.

“Neither the 10-year-old nor her mother gave the doctor authorization to speak to the media about their case,” the lawsuit said. “Rather than protecting the patient, the hospital chose to protect the doctor, and itself.”

The lawsuit named Indiana University Health and IU Healthcare Associates. It alleged the hospital system violated HIPPA, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and a state regulation for not defending the affected person’s data.

Indiana’s medical licensing board reprimanded Bernard in May, saying she didn’t abide by privateness legal guidelines by speaking publicly concerning the lady’s remedy. It was far wanting the medical license suspension that Rokita’s workplace sought.

Still, the board’s choice acquired widespread criticism from medical teams and others who referred to as it a transfer to intimidate medical doctors.

Hospital system officers have argued that Bernard didn’t violate privateness legal guidelines.

“We continue to be disappointed the Indiana Attorney General’s office persists in putting the state’s limited resources toward this matter,” IU Health stated in a press release. “We will respond directly to the AG’s office on the filing.”

In July, a 28-year-old man was sentenced to life in jail for the kid’s rape.