A new pregnancy center in Idaho plans to break ground this spring on a plot next door to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.
Stanton Healthcare founder Brandi Swindell said they hope to be operating their new facility in Meridian by early next year, according to Meridian Press. They plan to break ground in May, she said.
“It’s going to be set up and designed to offer holistic women’s health care, as well as our specific care to reach out to women facing unexpected pregnancies,” Swindell said.
Swindell said the new facility will offer free ultrasounds, pregnancy confirmation, uterine and ovarian diagnostics, STI testing and treatment, prenatal care and postnatal follow-ups and possibly mammograms.
The building will be 7,000 square feet and cost about $1.4 million to build, according to the report. It will have exam and counseling rooms, a laboratory, wellness room and boutique for infant and maternity clothing.
The group hopes the Meridian facility will be the flagship model and training center for its future facilities. Swindell said she began the healthcare group as a life-affirming replacement to Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood leaders in Meridian are not happy about the new Stanton facility being built next door. In December, the abortion chain filed a lawsuit against Stanton Healthcare, claiming its volunteers are harassing Planned Parenthood patients.
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RedState reports the abortion chain’s lawsuit alleges that Stanton misuses the common area of the business complex by parking and using its mobile unit to conduct ultrasounds and consultations in the parking lot. The abortion group claims Stanton is violating the rules for use of the common area.
It also claims the healthcare group encourages people to protest Planned Parenthood, directs patients toward Stanton’s mobile unit and “intimidate[s]” patients and staff.
Stanton representatives said the allegations are totally false.
“Stanton has always been committed to reaching women …without any kind of manipulation, intimidation or coercion,” the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, a founding board member of Stanton, told the local news outlet.
In an interview with Red State, Swindell added: “Whether people are pro-life or pro-choice they need to know that Planned Parenthood thinks they have the authority to prevent us from helping women. They’re trying to prevent us from doing good. That’s disgusting.”
Based in Boise, Idaho, Stanton Healthcare now has centers in several states and Northern Ireland; and another new facility also is planned for Detroit, Michigan.