Wednesday, February 17, 2016

“Pro-love” Pregnancy Center Takes Over ex-Planned Parenthood Building

Lc Clinic expanded into a new location, purchasing a building had belonged to Planned Parenthood.Photo Courtesy: Lc Clinic
Lc Clinic purchased a building that belonged to Planned Parenthood.Photo Courtesy: Lc Clinic

By Jay Hobbs

It’s difficult to imagine a more stark contrast between successive tenants at the same location than those who have called 1109 South Sumner home in Creston, Iowa, over the past year.

The previous occupant, Planned Parenthood, had seen business slow to a trickle of patients. Too little income to keep a staff on hand, it could only open its doors by appointment. Even then, one of the few services it did provide was abortion via telemedicine, consisting of a video conference call with remote clinician who prescribed each patient a medication [chemical] bortion.

The building’s new owners, Lc Clinic, couldn’t be more thrilled.

“We have had so many people coming in, and just to see these people’s lives being changed, to be a part of that, is a huge honor for me,” Hannah Shady, the clinic’s manager, said. “To be able to see some of the children, and to be able to share in their lives, the sadness, but also the joys and the triumphs is amazing.”

Lc Clinic’s suite of free, community-supported services includes pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, STI testing, options counseling, parenting classes, material assistance and more.

The clinic, which opened in July, is Lc Clinic’s second location, along with the original site in Stuart—40 minutes to the north. A five-minute walk from a Wal-Mart Supercenter, the building wasn’t necessarily on Lc Clinic’s wish list, even though the board and leadership staff was scouting out potential sites in Creston in early 2015.

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