A human rights attorney reports that a whistleblower lawsuit against
Texas Planned Parenthood has advanced another step.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a former Planned Parenthood
of Gulf Coast employee, Karen Reynolds, by the American Center for Law
& Justice (ACLJ). Ed White, an attorney for that firm, says
Reynolds worked in the Lufkin office for about a decade.
"During that time, as the allegations say in the complaint, the
corporate directors with Planned Parenthood instructed employees to
boost their revenues by increasing the pay per visits of patients
who were under government programs," White details.
So, the abortion rights group committed fraud.
"Planned Parenthood charged the government for services that were
not provided to these people, or for services that were not
medically necessary," the ACLJ attorney explains. "And that Planned
Parenthood had a predetermined list of services that they would
charge the government for, whether or not the patient charts showed
that they received those services, or whether those services were
Another charge is that personnel changed patient charts to match
A federal judge has ruled against Planned Parenthood's motion to
dismiss the case, saying that if proven true, the charges would
involve fraud and violate federal law. The case now moves to the
deposition stage in advance of a trial, which will probably take
place next year.
Texas recently decided to
stop providing Medicaid funds to abortion providers.
Operation Rescue not giving up on Kansas City
Operation Rescue is calling for a
criminal probe of the charges against a Kansas City Planned
Parenthood that have been dropped after an eight-year investigation
of the facility.
Troy Newman tells OneNewsNow Johnson County District Attorney
Steve Howe asked for the charges to be dismissed. Planned
Parenthood was accused, among other things, of performing abortions
on minors without parental notification and without notifying
"[Howe] had plenty of evidence to pursue this case,
but because of his cozy relationship, and I think a criminal
corruption scandal with Planned Parenthood, he dismissed these
charges and is hoping it'll all go away," Newman states.
He explains that one of the reasons for the lack of prosecution
was the fact that records were supposedly missing.
"Operation Rescue discovered that the previously dismissed charges
-- the felonies, the serious ones -- [were dismissed] because of
the record shredding
[that] actually never occurred," the pro-lifer reports. "In other
words, these records still exist. There was never a big record
shredding under the Sebelius administration to the extent that
these records would not be available for prosecution."
So, Operation Rescue contends that Howe "lied in open court,
saying there were no more records left and he could not pursue the
Newman's organization will pursue ethics and legislative
investigations of Howe and may ask the attorney general's office to
look into it.