An Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist thrust into the national spotlight on abortion this year is suing to stop Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita from allegedly relying on “frivolous” consumer complaints to issue subpoenas over confidential medical records.

Dr. Caitlin Bernard, who attracted national attention after she told IndyStar she provided an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim, and her medical partner Dr. Amy Caldwell claim in their lawsuit Rokita’s office has sent subpoenas for medical records of patients who never filed complaints to the attorney general’s office.

They’re asking a Marion County, Indiana, court to stop his investigation because his acts violate “numerous Indiana statutes,” according to an early copy of the complaint that was provided to IndyStar, part of the USA TODAY Network.

“The Attorney General has completely ignored the requirement to determine that consumer complaints have ‘merit’ before he can investigate and has instead used facially invalid consumer complaints to justify multiple, duplicative, and overbroad investigations into law-abiding physicians,” attorneys for the two doctors wrote.

IndyStar has requested a response from Rokita’s office.

The lawsuit comes months after Bernard’s attorney Kathleen DeLaney said they received a letter about an investigation by Rokita’s office into complaints against the doctor. DeLaney said in a past statement the complaints were “riddled with inaccuracies and rely on no first-hand knowledge.”

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Complaints against Bernard came during media storm

Seven people filed consumer complaints against Bernard to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office between July 8 and July 12, according to the lawsuit.

Her attorneys say they were submitted by people who saw news stories about Bernard after the IndyStar story describing the 10-year-old patient went viral. No one claimed to have received care by either Bernard or Caldwell.

“Most of the complaints were submitted by individuals who did not claim to reside in Indiana,” the lawsuit states.

One complaint said Bernard “kept knowledge of the rape of a 10 year old from authorities.” In July, however, the Indiana Department of Health provided IndyStar a copy of a termination of pregnancy report filled out by Bernard that confirmed she did report the abortion, and alerted the state that the 10-year-old had suffered abuse.