Lawsuit against Planned Parenthood may proceed

Associated Press

DES MOINES (AP) — A federal appeals court says a former Planned Parenthood clinic director may go forward with a lawsuit against the organization, reinstating portions of the case dismissed in 2012 by a judge.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says in Friday’s ruling Sue Thayer has provided sufficient detail to try claims that Planned Parenthood’s Des Moines affiliate unlawfully filed claims for Medicaid money for unnecessary quantities of birth control pills, pills dispensed without examinations and abortion-related services.

Planned Parenthood, which denies the allegations, has another chance for dismissal since the court sent the case back to a judge for further hearings on a procedural filing issue. The group’s attorney did not immediately respond to a message.

Thayer filed suit in 2011 represented by the non-profit Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom.

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