‘It’s a crime’: Ind. AG investigating if abortionist initially covered up rape of 10-yr-old, then revealed it for politics

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita announced on Thursday that he’s launched an investigation into the abortion activist who’d tried to use a 10-year-old girl’s rape to boost the pro-abortion movement.

“Aside from the horror caused here by illegal immigration, we are investigating this situation and are waiting for the relevant documents to prove if the abortion and/or the abuse were reported, as Dr. Caitlin Bernard had requirements to do both under Indiana law,” he said in a statement.

“The failure to do so constitutes a crime in Indiana, and her behavior could also affect her licensure. Additionally, if a HIPAA violation did occur, that may affect next steps as well. I will not relent in the pursuit of the truth,” he added.

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The statement concerned Indiana-based abortion doctor Caitlin Bernard. She went viral earlier this month after she told the media that she’d received a call from “a child abuse doctor” in Ohio about a pregnant 10-year-old rape victim who needed an abortion but was unable to obtain it because of the state’s laws.

The girl subsequently traveled to Indiana and quietly got an abortion via Bernard, the abortion doctor said.

Critics initially disbelieved the story, thinking it was just a ruse by Bernard designed to make the pro-life movement look bad. But on Tuesday, The Columbus Dispatch confirmed that the story was indeed 100 percent legitimate and that the unnamed girl had, in fact, been raped by an illegal alien.

What remains unclear is whether Bernard ever reported both the rape and the abortion. Later Tuesday evening on Fox News’ “Jesse Watters Primetime,” Rokita offered the first indication that he intends to investigate to determine the answer.

“We have this abortion activist acting as a doctor with a history of failing to report. So we’re gathering the information. We’re gathering the evidence as we speak. And we’re going to fight this to the end, including looking at her licensure, if she failed to report. In Indiana, it’s a crime to intentionally not to report,” he said.

His concern is that Bernard did nothing after learning about the rape except run to the media to try to exploit the little girl to her political advantage.

Continuing his remarks on Fox News, Rokita stressed that it’s vital for the public’s interest that all rapes be promptly reported.

“Because this is a child, and there’s a strong public interest in understanding, you know, if someone under the age of 16 or under the age of 18 or really any woman is having an abortion in our state, and then if a child is being sexually abused, of course. Parents need to know. Authorities need to know. Public policy experts need to know. We all need to know as citizens in a free republic so we can stop this,” he said.

He also slammed the left — particularly the Biden administration — for their culpability in the young girl’s rape by an illegal alien.

“This is a horrible, horrible scene caused by Marxists and socialists and those in the White House who want lawlessness at the border. And then this girl was politicized for the gain of killing more babies, right. That was the goal. And this abortion activist is out there front and center,” he said.

“The lamestream, the fake news is right behind it. And unfortunately in Indiana, the paper of record is fake  news, and they were right there jumping in on all this, thinking that it was going to be great for their abortionist movement when this girl has been so brutalized.”

By the “paper of record,”  he meant The Indianapolis Star, which broke Bernard’s story on July 1st.

Critics have pushed back on Rokita’s allegations against Bernard by arguing that she wasn’t obligated to file a report because a report had already been filed.

This pushback is based on the now-established fact that the 10-year-old girl’s mother reported her daughter’s rape to Ohio authorities on June 22nd, eight days before she got an abortion from Bernard, and nine days before the Star ran its report.

But there’s a catch. Indiana law also requires that every abortion be reported. Whether or not Bernard filed an abortion report remains unknown.

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