Indiana AG says office is probing whether doctor reported the rape of 10-year-old Ohio girl

Indiana law requires doctors and abortion providers to report abortion procedures on girls under 16.

Published: July 14, 2022 9:20am

Updated: July 14, 2022 5:18pm

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said Wednesday that his office is investigating abortion provider Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who told the Indianapolis Star earlier this month that she treated a 10-year-old girl in Indiana because the child was unable to receive an abortion in Ohio.

"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," Rokita told Fox News. "It's a crime to not report."

Earlier this week, police arrested Gershon Fuentes, 27, in Columbus, Ohio on charges of rape. He had confessed through an interpreter to raping the girl at least twice, according to a local outlet. He is currently being held in county jail on a $2 million bail. He is believed to be an illegal immigrant. 

Rokita said that this situation may never have unfolded if the Biden administration were serious about protecting the country's borders. 

"This is an illegal immigration issue because ... of Biden's lawlessness at the border and everything going on down there," he said during an appearance on Fox's "Jesse Watters Primetime."

It is because of incidents like this one, he explained, that Indiana "as a non-border state has filed several independent lawsuits on that." 

A complaint has previously been filed against Dr. Bernard for failing to report to the state abortion procedures performed on girls under the age of 16. 

"We have the rape, and then we have this abortion activist acting as a doctor with a history of failing to report," said Rokita, referring to Bernard. "This girl was politicized, politicized for the gain of killing more babies. That was the goal, and this abortion activist is out there front and center."

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said Monday that the young girl "did not have to leave Ohio to find treatment," because Ohio's abortion laws allow exceptions for medical emergencies.

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