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 Cases  - Alliance Defending Freedom is holding Planned Parenthood legally accountable in courtrooms throughout our nation in nearly 50 current and past lawsuits against the abortion giant. Learn about the current cases, recent victories, and lawsuits of our allied organizations that are continually restricting Planned Parenthood from using your tax dollars to carry out its abortion business.

 

Current Cases

Alliance Defending Freedom is currently litigating cases in courts around the country to protect women and young people from being exploited by the business practices of Planned Parenthood, and to save the lives of babies.

Jonathan Bloedow v. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Inc.
Topic: Abortion Drugs.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Jonathan Bloedow and the United States of America in a federal False Claims Act lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. Planned Parenthood allegedly committed more than 2 million instances of Medicaid fraud which allowed them to steal over $46 million from tax payers. If the case is successful, Planned Parenthood could owe the American people damages in excess of $377 million. Planned Parenthood is permitted to charge Medicaid for oral contraceptives and early abortion pills (known as emergency contraceptives) that it gives out to women. It is estimated that Planned Parenthood paid under $3 per cycle of oral contraceptives, but actually charged the government more than $22 for each, bringing in millions of dollars in profit. Jonathan Bloedow is a software consultant to high tech companies in Washington, and a pro-life Christian who regularly blogs about his pro-life views. He developed the facts of this case by researching information he obtained from Washington State open records act requests.

Byer v. Doe
Topic: Tort.

Ayana Byer went to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, but had a change of heart during the preparation for the procedure.  She claims that Planned Parenthood forced her to undergo an abortion without anesthesia, even though she said she didn’t want to go through with it.  They then left part of her baby’s body inside of her, landing her in the hospital.  She is suing Planned Parenthood and its doctor for negligence as well as battery, false imprisonment, uninformed consent, breach of contract, breach of trust, extreme and outrageous conduct and emotional distress. Alliance Defending Freedom is assisting Allied Attorneys in litigating this case.

United States ex rel Johnson, Abby v. Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas
Topic: Fraud.

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic manager, is suing Planned Parenthood, alleging that the abortion provider submitted fraudulent claims to the government and wrongfully received taxpayer funds. Alliance Defending Freedom is litigating the case in federal court in Houston, Texas. If Abby and Alliance Defending Freedom prevail, Planned Parenthood could be forced to pay back millions of dollars in wrongful payments of taxpayer dollars, substantially reducing its ability to wage war on preborn infants.

United States ex rel Thayer, Susan v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (Iowa)
Topic: Fraud.

Susan Thayer, a former clinic manager, is suing Planned Parenthood with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom for defrauding the American people of millions of dollars. If Sue and Alliance Defending Freedom prevail, Planned Parenthood could be forced to pay back millions of dollars in wrongful payments of taxpayer dollars, substantially reducing its ability to wage war on preborn children.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest v. State of Alaska
Topic: Parental Notification.

The state of Alaska passed a parental notification statute for girls under 17 that requires any abortionists to notify the girl's parents and provide specific information 48 hours prior to doing an abortion on her. Planned Parenthood challenged the lawsuit, claiming that young girls are mature enough to make the abortion decision themselves and that parental involvement will only cause them psychological distress to avoid compliance. Alliance Defending Freedom is assisting Allied Attorneys in litigating the case. An Alaska Circuit Court upheld the statute as constitutional. The case is now before the Alaska Supreme Court.

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota v. Daugaard
Topic: Informed Consent.

To ensure women get full information about abortion alternatives, South Dakota passed a law requiring women to consult a pregnancy resource center within 72 hours of an initial consultation with an abortionist. An abortion may not be scheduled until the abortionist receives documentation of the pregnancy center consultation. Planned Parenthood is challenging the law, claiming the informed consent requirement is an unconstitutional "burden" on abortion.  Alliance Defending Freedom is providing legal and financial assistance to defend the case.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio v. Strickland (f.k.a. Taft)
Rogers v. Planned Parenthood Cincinnati Region
Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio v. Dewine (f.k.a. Cordray)
Topic: Abortion Drugs.

Alliance Defending Freedom assisted with legal strategy and funding in a series of cases which ultimately resulted in Planned Parenthood and other abortionists being required to use the chemical abortion pill, RU-486, only within FDA specifications. The new law provides criminal penalties for violation and requires the state medical board to take punitive action against an abortionist who violates the statute.

Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc. v. Betlach
Topic: Abortion Funding.

Alliance Defending Freedom is defending an Arizona law that stops government funding of abortionists. Planned Parenthood is suing the state to continue receiving government funding. The case is before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. If the law is upheld, it will provide a model to other states who desire to keep their citizens out of the business of funding abortionists.

Stuart v. Huff
Topic: Informed Consent.

In an effort to provide women with accurate information prior to an abortion, North Carolina passed a law requiring abortion centers to perform ultrasounds on their patients, provide an image of their unborn child and explain what the image is showing before an abortion. Planned Parenthood sued to avoid having to comply with the law. Alliance Defending Freedom represents pro-life physicians and pregnancy centers who desire to protect mothers and their babies from abortion.

New Hampshire Right to Life v. U.S. Dept. Health & Human Svcs.
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Topic: Abortion Funding.

New Hampshire Right to Life filed a freedom of information request with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to gain information about government funding that the Obama Administration funneled to Planned Parenthood after the state refused to fine the abortionist. The administration has stonewalled Right to Life, prompting it to ask for Alliance Defending Freedom's  help in suing to uncover the documents. In response, Planned Parenthood filed its own lawsuit to prevent the documents from being released.

Recent Victories

Alliance Defending Freedom has been winning the courtroom battles that drive Planned Parenthood out of the abortion industry, and restore a culture of Life to our nation and world.

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota v. Daugaard (f.k.a. Rounds)
Topic: Informed Consent.

South Dakota passed an abortion informed consent law that required abortion providers to notify women that having an abortion increases the risks of psychological harm and suicide, and that it terminates the life of a human being  as well as the relationship she has to that human being.  Planned Parenthood sued to avoid having to notify women of these risks. Alliance Defending Freedom assisted in winning a decision from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the statute as constitutional, providing a model for other states to follow in protecting mothers and preborn babies from abortion.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri Inc. v. Drummond
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri v. Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services

Topic: Clinic Requirements/Regulations.

The state of Missouri passed a law requiring abortion facilities to meet the same basic structural and safety requirements as other out-patient surgical centers. Planned Parenthood sued and sought an  exemption from the new standards. Alliance Defending Freedom defended the law in five cases in federal and state court.  Ultimately, the case settled on terms that  require Planned Parenthood to comply with  stricter safety standards.   This law has already resulted in the closure of one abortion facility that could not meet minimum standards, saving potentially hundreds of lives.

Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc. v. Horne
Tucson Women’s Center v. Arizona Medical Board
Topic: Abortion Funds, Coercion, Informed Consent, Rights of Conscience, and Physician Duties.

Alliance Defending Freedom defended an Arizona law which required  abortion centers to provide full information about abortion to mothers at least 24 hours prior to the abortion; Tucson Women’s Center and other abortionists challenged a provision of this law that prevented abortion businesses from collecting payment for abortions until after the 24-hour waiting period. Both the law and provision were upheld as constitutional.

Roe, John and June v. Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region
Topic: Tort.

The parents of a 14-year-old  girl sued  Planned Parenthood for failing to protect their daughter after she was impregnated by her 22 year old soccer coach and brought to Planned Parenthood for an abortion.  Planned Parenthood did the abortion  without notifying her parents or the police of the sexual abuse. They also gave her a contraceptive shot, which allowed the abuse to continue. Alliance Defending Freedom provided financial and strategic assistance in the case, which ended with a  settlement favorable to the  family.

Fairbanks v. Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region
Topic:Tort.

A sixteen year-old girl was taken by her father to a Planned Parenthood in southwest Ohio for an abortion. He gave "consent" for the abortion and helped her to fill out the paperwork. The girl told a Planned Parenthood employee  that her father had been sexually abusing her since she was 13, and the child was his, but Planned Parenthood did not report it to police.  The girl eventually reported it to the police herself, but by then her father had continued the abuse for two more years. He was  given a five-year prison sentence.  Alliance Defending Freedom assisted in the lawsuit she brought to hold Planned Parenthood accountable, resulting in a favorable settlement against Planned Parenthood.

Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Topic: Parental Notification.

New Hampshire passed a law requiring that a parent be notified before doing an abortion on a minor girl. Planned Parenthood resisted the law, and brought a lawsuit against the state Attorney General. Alliance Defending Freedom presented arguments to the Supreme Court urging the Court to uphold parents’ rights to protect their young daughters.  The Supreme Court ruled that most of the law was constitutional, and allowed it to go into effect, safeguarding New Hampshire parents, daughters and preborn infants from abortion.

Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona v. LaWall
Topic: Parental Consent.

Alliance Defending Freedom defended a law in Arizona that required abortion providers to get permission from a parent before doing an abortion on their minor girl.  Planned Parenthood sued the state to avoid adhering to this law.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the constitutionality of the law, paving the way for other Western states to follow suit in protecting parents and their daughters from abortion.

Karlin v. Foust
Topic: Informed Consent.

Wisconsin chose to protect women from abortion by requiring abortionists to inform patients of the dangers of abortion and alternatives to it.  They were also required to provide information about the unborn baby, and  social services available to mothers who choose life at least  24 hours  before the procedure. Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit to avoid  providing this information. Alliance Defending Freedom provided financial support for legal briefing urging the  Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the law.  The court did so, and the decision has provided a model for many states to follow in protecting mothers and their preborn babies.

Planned Parenthood of Houston and  Central Texas v. Sanchez
Topic: Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

Alliance Defending Freedom assisted in defending a Texas law that  stopped the flow of government funding to abortionists. Planned Parenthood challenged the law through its network of affiliates in the state. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law, and required the Planned Parenthood affiliates to legally and financially separate their abortion businesses from other medical services.  This decision has resulted in the closure of several abortion clinics in Texas, saving many lives.

Planned Parenthood of Alaska v. Campbell
Topic: Parental Notification

Planned Parenthood challenged a Parental Notification Initiative, seeking to avoid having to  inform parents that their daughter was about to have an abortion. Alliance Defending Freedom provided legal and financial assistance to Allied Attorneys who defended the case and got the initiative placed on the state ballot.  The initiative was successful, and the law was passed.  Alliance Defending Freedom is now helping to defend the new law from yet another court challenge by Planned Parenthood.

In the Interest of Margie Ayers
Topic: Coercion

Alliance Defending Freedom assisted Allied Attorneys in litigating a case to protect a pregnant 15-year-old girl whose parents tried to force her to have an abortion. After learning that their daughter was pregnant, Margie Ayer’s parents scheduled an appointment at Planned Parenthood with the intent of coercing her to have an abortion. A Kansas court issued a protective order and a restraining order for Margie against Planned Parenthood and her parents, saving her baby’s life.

Jernigan v. City of Waco, Planned Parenthood of Central Texas
Topic: Education, Messaging, and Political Involvement

A group of Waco residents was prohibited from entering the county library for protesting against a plan to add Planned Parenthood literature to the library’s selection. In a deal with the City of Waco, Planned Parenthood had agreed to pay to have collections from its library added to the county library catalogue. Alliance Defending Freedom took the case to court, winning a settlement under which  Planned Parenthood dissolved their agreement with the library.

Allied Cases

Alliance Defending Freedom partners with many organizations that are committed to holding Planned Parenthood accountable for their actions, and exposing the truth about their corporation. These are some of their cases.

United States ex rel Reynolds, Karen v. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast F/K/A Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, Inc.
Topic: Fraud.

Karen Reynolds, a former Planned Parenthood employee, is suing Planned Parenthood, alleging that the abortion provider submitted fraudulent claims to the government and wrongfully received taxpayer funds for services which were medically unnecessary, never provided, or not covered by Medicaid.  From her experience there, she alleges that Planned Parenthood falsified patient medical records as necessary to evade detection of these fraudulent claims. If Karen prevails, Planned Parenthood could be forced to pay back millions of dollars in wrongful payments of taxpayer dollars, substantially reducing its ability to wage war on preborn infants.

Gonzalez, Qui Tam Plaintiff, on Behalf of Himself, The United States of America, & The State of California v. Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles
Topic: Fraud.

P. Victor Gonzalez, a former Chief Financial Officer for Planned Parenthood, is suing the organization, alleging that the abortion provider fraudulently overbilled the government for contraceptive,s and wrongfully received taxpayer funds. If Victor prevails, Planned Parenthood could be forced to pay back millions of dollars in wrongful payments of taxpayer dollars, substantially reducing its ability to wage war on preborn infants.

Butler v. Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Inc.
Topic: Botched Abortion.

Shantese Butler is a minor child who was brought to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. She became ill shortly after the abortion. An emergency room examination showed that the abortion was incomplete, with Planned Parenthood leaving several parts of the unborn child in her womb. Shantese suffered severe injuries, including severe abdominal bleeding, injuries to the vagina and cervix, uterine perforation, and a small bowel tear, leaving her infertile. Her mother, Emma Butler sued Planned Parenthood on her behalf for negligence.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Inc. v. Commissioner of Indiana State Dept. Health
Topic: Taxpayer Funding.

The state of Indiana, working to prevent taxpayer funding of abortion, passed legislation prohibiting public funds from going to organizations that commit abortions or run facilities where abortions are conducted. Planned Parenthood sued the state to make sure it continues to receive taxpayer funds. The court has found that language in laws for the receipt of some federal funds, specifically Medicaid, require the state to include Planned Parenthood in these programs. However, the court said that it was not unconstitutional for the state to prevent other funds from going to abortion providers.

Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County Texas, Inc. v. Suehs
Topic: Taxpayer Funding.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission produced regulations which implemented Texas’s Women’s Health Program, and prevented taxpayer dollars from going to organizations that provide or promote abortion or affiliate with those who do. Planned Parenthood sued the state of Texas because it would no longer receive taxpayer funds under the program, claiming that it was a violation of their First Amendment rights. The court supported Texas’s decision not to provide public funds to organizations that promote or provide abortion.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas v. Nixon
Topic: Coercion and Parental Consent.

Missouri sought to protect minors from being forced to have an abortion by creating a civil right of action against anyone who purposefully helps or causes a minor to have an abortion without parental consent. Planned Parenthood sued claiming the legislation violated its First Amendment rights and placed an undue burden on a minor’s ability to get an abortion. The Missouri Supreme Court disagreed with Planned Parenthood on both, and upheld the law protecting minors from coerced abortions.