Doctor who performed abortion for 10-year-old rape victim gives first TV interview

Dr. Caitlin Barnard, The Indiana physician targeted by Republicans for providing a legal abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim made his first televised appearance Tuesday since the ordeal came to light.

Barnard, who moved from Ohio to care for the child because her home state has outlawed abortion since the fall of Roe v. Wade last month, said in a sit-in interview. “CBS Evening News” Norah O’Donnell That anyone who doubts that babies need abortion care “should spend a day in my clinic.”

“Unfortunately, sexual assault on children is not uncommon,” she said. “I’m not the only provider who has cared for young children who need abortion care.”

His comments came after Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost appeared on Fox News earlier this month to cast doubt on the existence of Bernard’s patient, whose health care needs It was reported. Indianapolis Star. Yost claimed there was “no whisper anywhere” of the abuse of the 10-year-old in Ohio. However, media investigations Confirmed Rape case days later

Barnard also pushed back on attacks from Indiana Attorney General Todd Rocetta, who accused him on Fox News of reporting an “abortion worker performing an abortion for a minor working as a doctor.” “with a history of failure,” he said, adding that he would likely pursue charges. Against it

“I’m a doctor,” he said. “I’ve spent my whole life working to get into this position so I can take care of patients every single day.”

She reiterated, as she did in the defamation suit against Rokita, that she had never failed to report an abortion on a patient under 16 to Indiana authorities, as the state need of

Barnard says he believes the spotlight on his patient’s case could be a wake-up call to those who want to enact stricter abortion restrictions, as nearly a dozen states have so far.

Dr. Caitlin Barnard speaks at an abortion rights rally at the Indiana Statehouse on June 25 in Indianapolis. An attorney for Barnard, who drew criticism after speaking out about a 10-year-old girl who went from Ohio to get an abortion, said his client provided appropriate treatment and privacy when discussing the girl’s case, which was not identified. did not violate the laws of

Jenna Watson/The Indianapolis Star via The Associated Press

“I think we’re at a time in our country where people are starting to feel the effects of these anti-abortion laws,” she told O’Donnell. “And now that it’s finally become impossible for some people, I think people realize that’s not really what they intended. It’s not what they want for the kids, women. To be put in these conditions of life-threatening conditions of painful pregnancy.

Conservative attacks on it, he continued, show that “abortion, instead of being the part of health care that it is, [and] An essential life-saving mechanism, as it is, has been used to drive wedges between people politically and personally.”

Barnard’s interview aired on the second day of Indiana’s special legislative session, where Republicans are working on legislation that would ban abortions in the state with few exceptions. With GOP majorities in both the state Senate and House, Democrats are unlikely to block the bill from becoming law in the next few weeks.


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