Michael Norton

But there is much more. Recently, Planned Parenthood paid $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit that accused Planned Parenthood of submitting “false claims . . . for medically unnecessary or unneeded items and services . . . [and for] items and services that were never provided by” Planned Parenthood.

Was Komen right to conclude that Planned Parenthood was engaged in fraudulent conduct? Does an innocent organization pay $4.3 million without reason?

Time will tell. But as Planned Parenthood pays millions in fines, and investigations continue, it seems like concerns over alleged fraud may be more widespread than we’ve been led to believe.

And that should give hope to all those who believed in Komen’s original decision to withhold its funds from Planned Parenthood and the basis on which that decision was made.

Michael Norton

Michael J. Norton is senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom and is a former United States Attorney for the District of Colorado.