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Lawsuit against Planned Parenthood may proceed

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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 denies the allegations. The group’s attorney says it has another chance for dismissal since the court sent the case back to a judge to consider whether its actions were consistent with state and federal regulations.

Thayer filed suit in 2011 represented by the nonprofit Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom.

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