A Minnesota affiliate of Planned Parenthood said it received a huge donation this week to build a new, three-story clinic in Minneapolis.
The Star Tribune reports an anonymous family in the mid-west state donated $6.5 million to the abortion chain. The money will be used to build a new facility in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis and to “modernize” other facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, according to the report.
“We are incredibly grateful. This gift will ensure that the expert reproductive health care that is our hallmark will be provided in a beautiful, welcoming and contemporary Uptown clinic,” said Sarah Stoesz, regional president of Planned Parenthood.
The building will replace the current facility in Uptown. Planned Parenthood does not do abortions there currently, but it does refer women to its St. Paul facility where abortions are performed. Reports do not indicate if the abortion chain will begin doing abortions in the new facility, but it seems likely.
Here’s more about the Minnesota plans:
The new clinic will replace Planned Parenthood’s current Uptown facility, located on Lagoon Avenue, which serves 13,000 patients annually and has become too small to meet demand, the organization said. Construction is expected to begin next year, and patients will be served in a temporary location while the new three-story clinic is being built.
The Uptown clinic, like most in Planned Parenthood’s network, provides birth control, cancer screening, vaccinations, pregnancy testing and other health care services. Abortions are done at the St. Paul clinic.
Altogether, Planned Parenthood operates eight clinics in the Twin Cities area, 10 Minnesota clinics outside the metro area and one clinic in Sioux Falls.
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has been closing smaller facilities across the country and constructing mega-clinics to take their places. These facilities are huge abortion facilities and, therefore, huge money makers. They often are located in low-income and minority neighborhoods.
In July, LifeNews reported about Planned Parenthood’s plans to construct another new abortion facility in San Francisco. In 2014, the abortion chain built a $9 million mega abortion clinic in Queens, New York, and last year it opened another huge and lavish abortion clinic in Washington, D.C. – right near an elementary school. It also opened a huge new abortion clinic in New Orleans last year, which is expected to see 24,000 patients annually.
The good news is that Planned Parenthood has closed at least 16 other facilities this year so far, including four in Iowa, two in Pennsylvania, one in Maryland, three in New Mexico, one in Wyoming and two in Colorado.
These changes appear to be part of a larger plan at Planned Parenthood to increase revenues by expanding abortions. The abortion business’s annual reports show services like cancer screenings and pap smears declining while its abortion numbers remain steady.
“Though abortions are significantly down in the U.S. as a whole, business is booming at Planned Parenthood,” O’Bannon wrote.
Planned Parenthood has been closing quite a few facilities in the past few years, but many of them are low-revenue facilities that do not do abortions, O’Bannon said.
“But what is clear is either that most of the clinics that closed were not abortion performing clinics or that Planned Parenthood has made up for those abortion losses with giant new mega-clinics built to take their place. The new centers do not appear to have picked up the lost cancer screenings, but they do appear to have kept the lucrative abortion business steady,” O’Bannon said.
Planned Parenthood continues to maintain its status as the largest abortion provider in the United States. The abortion group performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies in 2015, nearly 5,000 more than the previous year, according to the abortion group’s annual report.
At the same time, it saw 2.4 million patients, about 100,000 fewer than the previous year and about 500,000 fewer than five years ago.
Meanwhile, the abortion chain received more taxpayer funding. Its most recent annual report shows Planned Parenthood receiving $554.6 million, an increase from the previous year. This increase occurred while pro-abortion President Barack Obama was in power.