WASHINGTON, D.C., January 2, 2012, ( – A lawsuit claiming that Planned Parenthood wrongfully billed Iowa taxpayers for $28 million in abortion-related services has been dismissed from federal court.

Sue Thayer, a former manager of Planned Parenthood’s Storm Lake and LeMars clinics, said her larger affiliate filed more than half-a-million fraudulent claims against Iowa Medicaid Enterprise and the Iowa Family Planning Network for services related to elective abortion.

Planned Parenthood also engaged in such tactics as mailing unrequested birth control pills to women or reselling returned pills, then charging the state ten times their value, Thayer’s lawsuit held.


U.S. District Judge John Jarvey dismissed her case last Friday with prejudice, citing its lack of specificity.

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The Alliance Defending Freedom helped Thayer file suit in March 2011.

Thayer’s case is unrelated to additional lawsuits filed by Abby Johnson, Karen Reynolds, and P. Victor Gonzalez, all of whom say Planned Parenthood affiliates regularly engage in fraudulent business practices, especially targeting state Medicaid and family planning programs.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland CEO Jill June calls such lawsuits a form of harassment.

“We are a trusted health care provider for thousands of people across four states,” she asserted, “and we will continue to stand up to extreme individuals and organizations that attack Planned Parenthood.”


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