The Indiana physician who provided an abortion last month to a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim who couldn’t legally obtain one in her home state was once targeted in a vicious kidnapping threat against her daughter, The Guardian reported Friday.
Dr. Caitlin Bernard also was — and continues to be — ominously listed on the web site of a militant anti-abortion group in South Bend, Indiana, called Right To Life Michiana, which has ties to Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Bernard testified in a court case last 12 months that she was forced to stop performing abortions at a clinic in South Bend after the FBI alerted the local Planned Parenthood office that a kidnapping threat had been made against Bernard’s daughter, in line with The Guardian.
On the time, her name was listed amongst abortion doctors targeted by the Michiana group, together with details about her place of job. All of the data remains to be on the location.
In 2006, Amy Coney Barrett signed a press release published in an commercial by a gaggle that will later merge with Michiana, saying that each one signatories “defend the fitting to life from fertilization to natural death,” in line with The Guardian. It also called Roe v. Wade, which protected women’s right to abortion for 50 years, “barbaric.”
Barrett would later develop into a U.S. Supreme Court justice and join the conservative majority to toss out the landmark decision last month.
Bernard is now being harangued by Indiana’s Republican Attorney General Todd Rokita, who has falsely claimed she didn’t report the 10-year-old girl’s sexual assault and rape, which she did. Rokita was apparently unable to locate the report in his own state’s records — regardless that several media outlets did — before he launched an investigation.
Bernard’s lawyers have fired off a cease-and-desist letter to Rokita, telling him to stop spreading lies about her or he shall be sued for defamation.
Bernard’s spokesperson Kendra Barkoff Lamy called the “personal and dangerous” threats against the doctor “devastating.”
“Sadly, Dr. Bernard is just not alone, and this happens to doctors like her who provide abortions across our nation,” she told the Guardian.
Bernard’s cease-and-desist letter to Rokita warned that his lying attacks also threatened to incite “harassment and violence” against her.
As of Saturday evening, Rokita hadn’t yet responded to Bernard’s letter. His office is reportedly “reviewing” it.
Each Rokita and Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan initially derided the report of the girl’s rape and being forced to cross state lines to acquire an abortion as lies — until a suspect was arrested this week. Jordan quickly removed a disdainful tweet in regards to the shocking case.
Neither man has expressed any compassion for the rape victim.