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.