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Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States, held a phone conversation with the doctor who performed an abortion on a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after being raped, to express her gratitude.
CBS News contacted Dr. Caitlin Bernard to learn more about the talk she held on July 19 with Harris.
“She really just thanked me. She thanked me for speaking up, for bringing up this topic”Bernard told the television network.
“He talked about how important it is to hear the voices of doctors and, again, what has become a political situation, but it’s really about health care and how important it is for doctors to advocate for their patients,” he added.
It was on June 30 when Bernard performed the abortion on the minor, less than a week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, who made it illegal for the girl to have an abortion in her home state of Ohio.
Harris’s call to the doctor was confirmed by a White House representative, who detailed that the vice president thanked Bernard for his “courage, professionalism and dedication to his patients” and said that his actions gave a “sense of strength” to others.
The case of the 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after being raped caused much controversy and it was used as an example of the problems with abortion bans in Republican states, it was even taken up by President Joe Biden.
In the meantime, Dr. Caitlin Bernard is suing the Indiana Attorney GeneralTodd Rokita, who said he defamed her when he called her an “abortion activist.”
Rokita cast doubt on whether rape and abortion occurred and announced that it was opening an investigation into whether Bernard reported the procedure.
Although several disputed the story, everything became clear when it was revealed that the rape had occurred and that a 27-year-old Ohio man was accused of raping the minor.
The Columbus Dispatch was the first to reveal the abortion of the minorsaying that she crossed state lines in order to access the procedure.
The girl was six weeks and three days pregnantmaking him ineligible for just three days to receive the procedure in Ohio.
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