Women who paid thousands of dollars for pregnancy tests at abortion clinics say they were deceived and are suing for more than $100 million.
The suits, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Georgia, allege that more than 5,000 women were deceived into undergoing abortions that they believed were safe, but in fact caused the death of their unborn children.
They are seeking more than 1.8 million in unpaid medical bills, attorneys’ fees and other damages.
In an email, Susan M. Littman, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general’s office, said the state will “take all appropriate action against anyone who has violated Georgia’s laws.”
The state has a fetal homicide statute that prohibits people from performing an abortion in cases of fetal abnormality, but the law doesn’t apply to the medical procedures used at the clinics.
The Georgia case has drawn national attention because of the alleged deception, said Lisa Brown, an attorney who represents Planned Parenthood of Georgia.
“It’s just unconscionable,” she said.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, a clinic in Augusta, is also the target of a lawsuit by the group Protecting Life, Inc. in Uvalde County, Texas.
The group says that the clinic performed about 4,000 abortions in 2016, but that it only performed about 300 in 2017.
In a statement, the group said it was “proud” of its “pro-life, pro-family, proabortion policies.”
“This lawsuit seeks to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for their deceitful practices,” the statement said.
The lawsuit also seeks to force the clinics to disclose more about their practices, the attorney general said.
Littman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.