Struggling Pro-Life Clinic Gets Monetary Miracle

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For about a year, the Stanton Health Care Clinic in Boise, Idaho, has been offering free alternatives to abortion.
    
The clinic offers almost everything you can get from its next door neighbor Planned Parenthood, but for free.

Unfortunately, such free services made it challenging for Stanton to pay off its $250,000 mortgage.

But the clinic's director, Brandi Swindell, said she and her colleagues recently witnessed a monetary miracle. It came about after the offer of a special grant.

"An 80,000-challenge grant to pay off the building after we raised $170,000. But, it was under the condition we had one year to do it," Swindell said.

They did indeed meet the challenge. Now after just a few months, they're completely debt-free.

"We own our building out right," Swindell said. "Planned Parenthood next to us still has a $400,000 mortgage on their building."

And she had more good news to share: the Knights of Columbus just bought Stanton a $30,000 state-of-the-art portable ultrasound. They also gave the clinic $40,000 towards the purchase of a mobile medical center so they can take that ultrasound all over the state.

"And we know that Planned Parenthood has tried to open up satellite centers in some different towns around Idaho," Swindell told CBN News. "So they're trying to get to those rural communities."

"We want to get to them first," she said. "We want to be on the frontline, and we want to be that first response for those girls facing an unexpected pregnancy so they truly get the support and the assistance that they need."

Stanton's already responsible for helping a number of abortion-bound girls change their mind.

A woman called Stanton from Planned Parenthood next door at around 9 a.m. to see what Stanton offered for free.

"I'm here with my daughter and she's scheduled to have an abortion at Planned Parenthood at 9:50 a.m.," Swindell recalled the woman's words. "And she said, 'We're planning to go in there. But I just wanted to call and see what you provided at no charge.'"

The clinic manager talked the mom and daughter into visiting Stanton right away.

"That young woman ends up choosing life for her baby," Swindell said. "And she walked next door to Planned Parenthood and she cancelled her appointment to have an abortion. Now's that's the power of the building being right next door to Planned Parenthood."
 
"That last thing that they saw, our sign, before they went to get the abortion. And that was enough to change their heart," she said.

CORRECTION: Planned Parenthood in Boise bought their building for about $400,000 and are still paying on the mortgage.

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