Austin City Council Approves 20-Year Lease for Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

State   |   Christina Vazquez   |   Nov 5, 2018   |   5:08PM   |   Austin, TX

A Planned Parenthood in Austin, Texas was just given the green light to stay put for the next 20 years.

Austin City Council approved a lease for Planned Parenthood on Nov. 1 that allows the abortion business to use the building until 2038, according to Spectrum News.

There also is the option for Planned Parenthood to renew its lease for the following 20 years, which would make the building space theirs until 2058.

The Planned Parenthood facility has been in the same city-owned building on East 7th Street since 1972. This lease could have a devastating impact on countless lives in Texas, and many have expressed their anger at the renewal.

Nicole Hudgens, a policy analyst for pro-life group Texas Values, spoke against the lease.

“This lease agreement is not fair to East Austin residents.  It’s not fair that Planned Parenthood can rent this property that’s owned by taxpayers for the grand total of $1 per year. This property is worth over $111,000,” Hudgens said.

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Austin City Council members claimed the affordable lease was good because it actually “saves people’s lives.”

Texas Values wanted to see Austin Life Care offered the space, saying the group would pay market rate. Life Care sued the city after it required the crisis pregnancy center to post a sign saying it does not offer abortion services or birth control.

This is not the first time that Austin City Council members have limited the pro-life movement in Texas’ capital. In October, the council members voted on a resolution that targeted the recently-enacted Pro-Life Health Insurance Reform.

ACTION ALERT: Contact the Austin City Council about the Planned Parenthood lease renewal. Send an email to all of the City Council members here.