INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, May 25, 2023, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board reviewed a case involving OB/GYN Dr. Caitlin Bernard after she delivered critical health care to a 10-year-old rape survivor in July 2022.
While the patient did not receive abortion care at a Planned Parenthood health center, Dr. Bernard is a Planned Parenthood physician and abortion provider in Indiana. In response to the hearing, Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai‘i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky CEO Rebecca Gibron released the following statement.
Rebecca Gibron, CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai‘i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky (PPGNHAIK):
“The fight to do what’s right isn’t easy. Dr. Bernard has repeatedly placed her profession, her reputation, and her livelihood on the line in her efforts to advance public health and serve her community. It is an honor to work with and support providers like Dr. Bernard—who are committed to care no matter what.
“Dr. Bernard’s unwavering dedication to her patients and profession is laudable, but the lengths she was forced to go to continue to deliver safe and legal care while experiencing abusive and hostile conditions is unacceptable. This could have all been avoided had Indiana AG Todd Rokita not made a mockery of his office–no provider should ever have to face politically motivated attacks simply for doing their job.
“Every person, in every circumstance, deserves access to health care when and where they need it. Dr. Bernard is an example of what it takes to make this basic human right a reality.”
Planned Parenthood is forever committed to helping the people of Indiana get the care they need. Anyone who needs care should go to abortionfinder.org or call 1-800-230-7526. Patient navigators are ready to help.