Doctor says she shouldn’t have to turn over patients’ abortion records

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An Indiana doctor who provided an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim has asked a judge to stop the Indiana attorney general from accessing patient medical records as part of an investigation into consumer complaints her lawyers have called a “sham.”

Attorneys for Caitlin Bernard, an OB/GYN affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine, and Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (R) met Friday for an emergency hearing to determine whether to allow a subpoena of the 10-year-old patient’s medical charts while a lawsuit seeking to permanently halt Rokita’s investigation plays out.

Bernard’s lawyers said Rokita’s efforts to obtain the patient’s medical charts are a troubling violation of patient privacy that, if allowed, would shake trust in doctor-patient confidentiality. The state countered that Rokita’s office is allowed to access the records as it investigates complaints accusing Bernard of professional lapses.


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