BRYAN, Texas — A former Texas Planned Parenthood facility that was purchased by a pro-life group last year has now opened as a pregnancy center.
The Planned Parenthood location in Bryan closed in August 2013 after the state passed a law requiring abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges and to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.
Last year, Hope Pregnancy Centers of Brazos Valley purchased the building, spending $725,000 to buy and remodel the facility. On Wednesday, it held its grand opening after seeing an estimated 40 women since it opened its doors on Sept. 1.
“What was once a place of death and grief where an estimated 6,400 abortions were performed has been transformed into a place of life,” Tracy Frank, Hope Pregnancy’s executive director, said in a statement. “We feel like we have reclaimed and redeemed the ground.”
The 6,000-square-foot facility offers ultrasounds, counseling, STD testing, parenting classes and baby supplies—all free. It also will serve as the office for its global pro-life work. Hope Pregnancy Center believes that its clients will largely be students from Texas A&M University and Blinn College.
The organization’s College Station location has already been providing services to women for a number of years. Both offices operate entirely on donations, as opposed to government funding, and the pregnancy center is now working on paying off a loan for purchasing and renovating the former Planned Parenthood building.
“This entire journey has been one fueled by our desire to provide more free and confidential sexual-health services to this community,” Frank stated. “Unlike Planned Parenthood, which receives government funding, faith-based nonprofits can’t thrive without donor support. We are trusting God for yet another miracle.”
Hope Pregnancy Centers says that it also shares the gospel with the women, although it notes that the majority of those that seek help profess to be Christian. It outlined that 75 women just last year repented and turned to faith in Christ at the College Station location.