Planned Parenthood may be on the hook in Iowa.

One of its affiliates there allegedly submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements” to Medicaid and failed to meet acceptable standards of medical practice. Those charges are part of a federal lawsuit made public Monday.

Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly Alliance Defense Fund, attorneys representing former Planned Parenthood clinic director Sue Thayer filed the lawsuit against the abortion giant’s Iowa affiliate in March 2011.

“Americans deserve to know if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are misusing it,” says senior counsel Michael J. Norton, a former United States Attorney.

“People may hold different views about abortion, but everyone can agree that Planned Parenthood should play by the same rules as everyone else,” he continues. “It certainly isn’t entitled to any public funds, especially if it is defrauding Medicaid and the American taxpayer.”

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the suit under a federal law that allows “whistleblowers” with inside information to expose fraudulent billing by government contractors. By law, such cases may not be made public until a court unseals them. In March, a federal court unsealed a similar Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuit against a Texas Planned Parenthood affiliate.

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