Alliance Defending Freedom has revived a lawsuit to hold Planned Parenthood in Washington state accountable in a "whistleblower" case that alleges hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal claims.
ADF filed an appeal yesterday in a federal appeals court against Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, alleging Medicaid fraud through "repeated false, fraudulent, and ineligible claims for reimbursement" submitted to the state's Department of Social and Health Services.
The lawsuit was filed in July 2011 on behalf of Jonathan Bloedow, a Washington taxpayer who helped to dig out the information – but last month a federal district judge dismissed the case on a technicality.
ADF attorney Michael J. Norton, who represents Bloedow, argues "it's time the abortion giant is held accountable."
"American taxpayer dollars should be used responsibly and for the common good, not funneled to groups like Planned Parenthood that abuse the public trust," says the attorney. "Compliance with the law should not be sacrificed for the sake of Planned Parenthood's bottom line. They have cheated the American taxpayer for far too long."
ADF believes the federal district judge wrongly concluded that Bloedow's claims were barred by another lawsuit against an entirely different Planned Parenthood affiliate based in California. There is no connection, so ADF filed the appeal on Monday with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
According to the Washington lawsuit, through his own research Bloedow discovered Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest filed at least 25,000 false claims for reimbursement more than the amount allowed for oral contraceptives; and at least another 25,000 for more than that allowed for supposed "emergency contraceptive" (Plan B). ADF estimates the damages could exceed $377 million.
The legal group also has fraud lawsuits against Planned Parenthood in Iowa and Texas based on similar allegations.