An Indiana judge has found that state Attorney General Todd Rokita (R) caused “irreparable harm” to the reputation of a doctor who provided an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim, but both sides are claiming victory after the judge denied the doctor’s motion for an injunction.
“Such public disclosures prior to that date then were clear violations of Indiana law,” the judge added.
Welch also found that the law did not bind Bernard, and therefore the doctor did not violate state law when she made comments about the investigation.
Nor did Bernard waive confidentiality by sharing certain details of the case with the Indianapolis Star reporter.
In a statement issued Friday, lawyers for Bernard highlighted the judge’s finding that Rokita had violated Indiana state law.
“Today Judge Welch ruled that Attorney General Todd Rokita violated his duty of confidentiality under Indiana law and confirmed that there was no basis for the Attorney General to investigate Dr. Bernard’s partner, Dr. Amy Caldwell,” attorney Kathleen DeLaney said in a statement.
“This case is not really about abortion, despite the best efforts of those with an agenda to make it appear that way.”. »