Stanton Statement on Incoming Planned Parenthood President Wen

National Women's Healthcare Provider Deeply Troubled by Selection of New Planned Parenthood President

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BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 12, 2018 -- Stanton Healthcare says Leann Wen will continue Planned Parenthood's failed and tragic policies regarding women's health.

Stanton Healthcare provides professional, compassionate, quality healthcare to women, especially those struggling with unexpected pregnancies. Stanton's goal is to provide the highest standard of care to women as they work toward replacing Planned Parenthood with clinics that are focused on true women's health care and not abortion.

Brandi Swindell, Founder and CEO of Stanton Healthcare states;

"Every woman in America should be troubled by the appointment of Leann Wen as the new President of Planned Parenthood, the world's largest abortion provider. Every day our clinics see women who have been exploited and treated like a commodity by Planned Parenthood.

"Women deserve better than Planned Parenthood and will receive better health care at clinics not associated with the abortion industry. Regardless of the intentions of Dr. Wen, she cannot save an organization that betrays women, cuts critical healthcare services, and misleads the public on the services they provide.
 
"If Dr. Wen truly cared about the health of America's women, the last organization she would lead would be Planned Parenthood."

Danielle Versluys, COO of Stanton Healthcare comments;

"Planned Parenthood claims to be an expert on women's health while their preventative services have dropped tremendously nationwide. For example, from 2006 to 2016, breast exams have dropped at Planned Parenthood by 62%. Cancer screenings have dropped by 67%, and pap tests are down 74%. While taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood grew by 61%, the number of actual patients served dropped by 23%.

"Sadly during this time, abortions at Planned Parenthood have increased by 11%.

"Instead of throwing taxpayer funds down the money pit of an unethical organization, public resources should be directed to federally licensed community clinics and other reputable healthcare providers."

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Stanton Victorious in Planned Parenthood Lawsuit

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This picture. This picture of our Stanton moms and babies with our founder, Brandi Swindell, on our Meridian property, taken right after a pastor's luncheon at Grace Chapel next door, was submitted in a deposition by Planned Parenthood as evidence that Stanton was harassing women. It turns out that we were the ones being harassed by a lawsuit that was as absurd as it was antagonistic.

Well over a year ago Planned Parenthood sued Stanton Healthcare for providing quality healthcare to women through our Mobile Clinic at our Meridian property. This unjust lawsuit was just another classic example of the intimidation tactics of the abortion giant. But Stanton was not to be bullied into submission, nor were we caught off guard by their baseless claims. Many of our moms come to us as victims of harassment and abuse. We stood strong to set an example for them. We stood strong for them. We stood strong for their babies. 

This past Tuesday an Idaho judge dismissed the harassing lawsuit against Stanton!!! Justice has prevailed. 

Stanton would like to give a special thank you to Americans United for Life and Attorney Matt Williams for their legal aid and counsel. We would also like to thank you, our supporters, for standing with us in solidarity and prayer during this time. We give God the glory for this victory!

"'No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,' Says the Lord." (Isaiah 54:17)

The news of our victory is already gaining national traction. Brandi was recently featured in an article in Pregnancy Help News

“We are professional, we are medical, we uphold the dignity of women,” Swindell said. “We provide women with compassionate, quality care, and we make ourselves available and accessible. That’s the point of being near a Planned Parenthood—you go to where the women are, so they can have true choice and true options.” 

You can read the full article here

“It’s just amazing,” Swindell said. “We’ve proved once again that we are a professional medical clinic that treats women with compassion and dignity. We comport ourselves professionally and we make ourselves accessible. This lawsuit was unjust, and it was meant to intimidate and bully us, and we fiercely stood our ground because there’s women and children who need our services.”  

To Life!

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Groundbreaking Gala & "Loving the Unexpected"

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This previous weekend over six hundred folks from our community and across our state gathered for a cause. It was the noble cause of protecting women and children that drew over 600 supporters to the Stanton Groundbreaking Gala. A cause that is funded by the generosity of gracious donors and supported by countless volunteer hours. A cause that is being furthered by a united effort--an effort that is measured by the 118 babies that were born since our last gala, many of which would never have seen the light of day if not for the Hope on Harbor Lane.  
 
Our theme this year was "Loving the Unexpected"--the inspiration of our clinic nurse Maria who gets to live these words every day of operation. On a weekly basis we get to love unexpected clients who come to us with unexpected pregnancies. And when they see the ultrasound image of their baby, these mothers love the unexpected too.
 
Sometimes the opportunity to love the unexpected presents itself in a most unexpected way.
 
Such was the case with Malinda Figuero who bravely sacrificed her life so her son, Christopher Ruben, could live. Her doctor told her that if she went through with her pregnancy either she would die or her baby would die or they would both die. But Malinda could not bring herself to abort her child no matter what the risks. The last week of January, Malinda suffered a massive stroke and was rushed to the hospital where she was placed on life support. Forty-eight hours later the doctors declared she was beyond the hope of medical recovery. At the family's request, Malinda was kept on life support to incubate Christopher Ruben who was only 21 weeks at the time. Even in death she continued to give life to her son. Stanton came alongside the family to help raise awareness, prayers, and financial support. On Super Bowl Sunday, we hosted a Prayer Vigil for Baby Christopher on the hospital property, and less than five hours later Baby Christopher Ruben was born in the Saint Alphonsus I.C.U. at 1 lb. 1 oz. with a cry that could be heard in the hallway to the surprise of the hospital staff. Stanton was blessed to honor Malinda's family at our gala and her legacy, Baby Christopher Ruben.

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The gala of supporters heard from our president Brandi Swindell who outlined our local impact over the past year and cast a clear vision for the future. Founding board member, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, spoke of Stanton's unique role in the prolife movement, and Berrnadette Smyth, the director of Stanton Belfast, addressed the gala via video with praise for the international impact of Stanton Boise.

But the evening ended just as it had begun: by focusing on the unexpected that we get to love. Stanton mom after Stanton mom walked across the stage with a storyboard sharing testimony to how their lives were forever changed at Stanton. Many of them had their Stanton babies in tow, and some of our Stanton dads were there to support their family. It was a beautiful scene and a beautiful reminder of why we do what we do. Our labor of love is writing storyboards. We get a chance to alter the outcome of stories that seem destined to end in tragedy and hopelessness. On storyboards that begin with despair we write "HOPE", and where others see a mistake, we write "FUTURE".

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Miracle Baby Christopher Ruben

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38-year-old Malinda found out that she was pregnant after being told that she could never conceive and bear a child. Because of significant health challenges, she was advised to terminate the pregnancy, but she was determined to bring her child to life. She had a premonition that she wouldn't survive the pregnancy, and she told the baby’s father: “I'm not going to make it. You’re going to have to fight for our child.” When Malinda and Chris discovered that they were expecting a boy, they decided to name their son "Christopher Ruben" as a namesake for Chris, the dad, and Ruben, Malinda's father. 

21 weeks into her pregnancy, Malinda suffered a massive stroke. After placing her on life support, the doctors declared she was beyond medical hope of recovery. Devastated by this news and the sudden grief, the family requested that the hospital keep Malinda on life support in an attempt to save the baby and bring Christopher Reuben to a safe point of delivery.

This had never been done before in the State of Idaho. The hospital had no experience to draw on, and sought a transfer to another medical center that might be more suited to the case. Turned down by four other hospitals, a team of doctors at St. Alphonsus in Boise bravely ventured into uncharted territory, honored the request of the family, and pledged to do everything in their power to save Baby Christopher.

When family members reached out to Stanton Healthcare of Boise, we came alongside the family to provide support. Their greatest need was prayer, and we quickly mobilized a prayer chain that soon had people around the world interceding for Baby Christopher. In addition, we were able to share information on how people could donate to help alleviate the mounting financial burden of the family. 

On Sunday, February 4, we organized a Prayer Vigil for Baby Christopher on the property of the hospital and over a hundred family, friends, and members of our community came to show their support for Baby Christopher. Faith leaders and civic leaders alike offered up prayers for Baby Christopher who had reached the 23 week milestone only the day before.

Less than five hours later due to declining oxygen levels, the doctors made the decision to deliver Baby Christopher Ruben. He came into the world with a cry that could be heard out in the hallway much to the surprise of the staff for a 1 lb. 1 oz. little guy! Our little miracle is now in the NICU where he has a long road ahead of him. He's shown good grip, squeezing his grandmother's finger. And he is drinking milk, even peeing on the nurses a few times! 

And yet, while we celebrate and continue to intercede for Baby Christopher, our hearts break for his family as they are making arrangements for a funeral. They welcomed one life into their family and said goodbye to another. We continue to pray for strength and health for Baby Christopher, and we pray for comfort and grace for his family. 

On Sunday evening, Christopher's grandfather, Ruben, remarked to me that his grandson was a "Super Bowl baby". I thought that was pretty cute. I guess Super Bowl Sunday will always be special for Christopher Ruben growing up. He is a Super Bowl baby. And Malinda is a superhero mom--a mother who bravely sacrificed herself for her child--who in death, incubated her son to life.

This is not just a historical medical case or a most noble cause. This is a child. This is a son, a grandson, a nephew, and a cousin. This is one of us. This is a mother's legacy. And we honor her sacrifice. 

(You can go the Stanton Project Facebook page for updates, and donations to Baby Christopher's family can be made at their GoFundMe account.)    

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Out of the Mouth of Babes

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You would think that racial bigotry would have ended with the victories of the Civil Rights Movement in the sixties. But it doesn’t take a degree in sociology to understand that racism remains a scourge in our society today.  

From Charleston, South Carolina to Charlottesville, Virginia, we’ve seen more than our share of racial strife in the news. There are some who choose to ignore this problem, pretending it doesn’t really exist, while others exacerbate it by leveraging tragedy for political profit. The first group are like firefighters who ignore the call of a home on fire. They justify their lack of response by looking at all the intact undamaged homes across the city and declaring, “We don’t have a fire problem!” The second group are like firefighters who show up on the scene but instead of dousing water on the flames, they pump gasoline through their hoses accelerating the destruction of the house.
 
What is the answer to all of this madness?

As is often the case, the answer is right in front of us, found in the most unlikely of places.
 
Every single week, expectant mothers come into Stanton Healthcare of Boise to get an ultrasound of their baby—an ultrasound that is provided free of charge thanks to the donations of our generous supporters. The ultrasound is such a beautiful marvel of technology that speaks volumes about philosophy, theology, and at a deeper level, our own humanity.  
 
The monochromatic screen does not reveal skin color, race, ethnicity or religion. It doesn’t predict the place of birth, social status, or degree of education. It reveals form and substance. Fingers. Toes. Heartbeat. Head. Nose. Mouth. Substance with DNA and a living soul. Everything that we have in common with our fellow man. On this screen black or white is black and white.
 
We see a shared image—the image of our Creator God. And looking at this image we imagine. We imagine possibilities and potential, lengthening the list of what we have in common. Everybody has a future. It is up to us to determine what kind of future that will be. At Stanton we are creating a future of hope and peace.

Image. Imagine. Hope.
 
This year alone Stanton Boise has performed over 200 ultrasounds on clients with 68 babies born and counting! Your partnership with Stanton allows us to project hope and purpose to a world where senseless violence and tragedy has become the norm. Together, we are conquering hate one life at a time.

Jason Herring
Director of Ministry Outreach

Stanton Healthcare to Partner with One of Idaho's Leading Hospitals to Provide Mammograms as a Part of Their Wellness and Prevention Program

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BOISE, Idaho, March 20, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- A mobile mammogram unit will be seeing patients at Stanton Healthcare on Tuesday, March 21 from 9:00 A.M.-2:30.

Stanton is located at 3684 N Harbor Ln, Boise, ID 83703.

Stanton is a life affirming women's clinic based in Boise, Idaho which has affiliates across the nation and in Belfast, Ireland that provides quality health care to women with a special focus on women facing unexpected pregnancies.

Stanton's goal is to provide the highest standard of care to both mother and child as they work toward replacing Planned Parenthood with clinics that are focused on true women's health care and not abortion.

Brandi Swindell, Founder and CEO of Stanton Healthcare, states;

"Stanton Healthcare is delighted to partner with one of the finest hospitals in our region to provide mammograms as part of our wellness and prevention program. We have invited them to bring their mobile mammogram unit to our center to provide this essential service to women.

"This is another major step in our goal to replace Planned Parenthood with clinics that provide true quality women's health care and not abortion.

"As the federal government moves to defund Planned Parenthood, it is critical that we replace them with clinics that are not abortion focused and don't treat women as a commodity.  Rather, we must embrace both women and their children and provide them with life affirming quality and compassionate health care choices.  Stanton is leading the way in providing compassionate and professional care that treats all with dignity."

    Barbara Latten, BSN RN and Nurse Manager/Wellness Director for Stanton, adds;

    "Stanton Healthcare is excited to partner with one of Idaho's leading hospitals to offer mammogram screenings to the women of the Treasure Valley.  At Stanton, we believe that caring for women through all stages of life is essential.  Preventative services such as mammogram screenings empower women to be proactive in their health and well-being. By offering our services at little to no cost for our clients, we are showing the way forward in offering holistic, compassionate and quality women's healthcare.

    "As a registered nurse and woman, I am incredibly grateful for the services that Stanton provides.  It is the kind of health care that women truly deserve because it celebrates and values women and their children and does not treat them as property."

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    Photograph taken by Melissa Johnson

    Pregnancy Center Will Build New Clinic Next to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

    By Micaiah Bilger

    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.

    Continue reading at LifeNews.com...

    Stanton Healthcare plans to build next to Meridian Planned Parenthood

    The organizations are involved in a lawsuit over a mobile services bus dispute

    By Holly Beech

    Stanton Healthcare and Planned Parenthood, which are facing off in a lawsuit, could be neighbors in Meridian by early next year.

    Stanton aims to break ground on a new Meridian wellness center in May, pending city permit approval, said founder and CEO Brandi Swindell.

    The 7,000-square-foot building would be at 2218 E. Franklin Road, next to Planned Parenthood. Stanton owned two parcels at the site and sold one to a church, Swindell said in December.

    Stanton’s mission is to end abortion and provide free services to women facing unexpected pregnancies. The organization has opened pregnancy crisis centers next to Planned Parenthood’s other two Idaho clinics in Boise and Twin Falls.

    “We have had issues with protesters, and we have had issues with harassment of staff,” regional Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Katie Rogers said. “And because of that, we have decided to challenge them legally.”

    The regional Planned Parenthood sued Stanton Healthcare in November, claiming Stanton illegally operated its mobile services van in the shared Meridian parking lot and intimidated Planned Parenthood’s staff and patients.

    Swindell has called the lawsuit’s claims false and slanderous.

    Continue reading at Meridian Press...

    Stanton Healthcare Thrown Out of 'Women's March on Washington'

    Contact: Kate Bryan, 202-567-7681
     
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Stanton Healthcare which was initially accepted as a "Partner" for the WMW, has now been removed by march organizers.

    Stanton provides quality healthcare free of charge to low income women, women with unexpected pregnancies and the refugee communities.

    With other women's groups that embrace a pro-life message being removed from the WMW, it is now clear that this is not a "Women's" March at all but an anti-Trump and pro-choice march.

    Brandi Swindell, Stanton Founder and President, states;

    "As a single woman who started a women's healthcare clinic and a pro-life feminist, I think it is important that there is inclusion, diversity and a broad spectrum of opinions at the 'Women's March on Washington.

    "That is why we thought it was so important to mobilize women who embrace ending the violence of abortion and standing for human rights and justice for all.

    "If the voice of pro-life women is excluded from the WMW, then it is not really a 'Women's March' at all.  Rather, it is an anti-Trump march, a pro-choice march or a Planned Parenthood march.  To truly be called a 'Women's March,' all our sister's voices, thoughts, viewpoints and stories need to be heard. 

    "Let's be clear on this point, the WMW has turned into a purely partisan political rally and march with no regard for hearing from or listening to all women's voices.  Shame on them for using the term 'women' to advance their political agenda."

      For more information or interviews call Kate Bryan at: 202.567.7681

      'Women's March on Washington' Accepts Stanton Healthcare as a Partner in Their March on Saturday

      Contact: Kate Bryan, 202-567-7681

      WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Stanton Healthcare, a pro-life women's health clinic, received confirmation of their acceptance as a partner in the WMW today and is listed on the official March's website (see below).

      Stanton Healthcare provides quality healthcare to women with unexpected pregnancies, low income women and the refugee community all free of charge.

      In their application to be a partner at the WMW Stanton stated;

      "Stanton Healthcare can mobilize women to attend the march who will embrace human rights and social justice for all while standing against the violence of abortion.  They will also encourage women to participate in the march who will challenge the federal government to defund Planned Parenthood and give that $540,000,000 to federally licensed health clinics that provide more comprehensive women's health care services."

        Brandi Swindell, Founder and President of Stanton Healthcare, states;

        "As a single woman who started a women's healthcare clinic and a pro-life feminist, I think it is important that there is inclusion, diversity and a broad spectrum of opinions at the 'Women's March on Washington.'

        "That is why we thought it was so important to mobilize women who embrace ending the violence of abortion and standing for human rights and justice for all.

        "If the voice of pro-life women is excluded from the WMW, then it is not really a 'Women's March' at all.  Rather, it is an anti-Trump march, a pro-choice march or a Planned Parenthood march.  To truly be called a 'Women's March,' all our sister's voices, thoughts, viewpoints and stories need to be heard.  Hopefully, Stanton Healthcare will be allowed to stay."

          For more information or interviews call Kate Bryan at: 202.567.7681