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Planned Parenthood lawsuit dismissed

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm •  Published: December 28, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former clinic director for a Des Moines-based Planned Parenthood affiliate.

Sue Thayer claimed in a 2011 lawsuit that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland bills Medicaid for blood tests and other procedures related to elective abortions that are not covered by the government-provided health care plan.

Judge James Jarvey says in his order filed Friday that Thayer failed to provide the necessary specifics to prove a fraudulent scheme.

Planned Parenthood CEO Jill June says she's pleased the court recognizes a lack of substance in the complaint, which she characterized as part of a pattern of harassment against the organization nationwide.

Thayer was assisted in filing the lawsuit by the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian group that opposes abortions.