Anonymous donor gifts millions to build Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas

Francis Rivera

An anonymous donor has promised to grant $9 million for the construction of two new Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas.

The two new facilities in West Texas will help fill the need that had been met by the two centers in the region that closed in 2013, The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday.

It is unclear if the new clinics will provide abortions.

{mosads} Out of the 35 Planned Parenthood centers in the state, only six offer abortions, and those are predominately clustered near major metropolitan cities.

There have been no abortion clinics in West Texas since lawmakers placed strict restrictions on service providers, the Morning News reported. Those laws, which critics said led to the closures of about half of Texas’s abortion clinics across the state, were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2016. 

The state banned Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from receiving Title X funding in 2011 and the Obama administration awarded the funding to the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas. 

On Monday, Texas officials petitioned the Trump administration to get back that federal funding

The anonymous donation was announced by Ken Lambrecht, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, during a recent Dallas fundraiser that brought in $1.5 million.

The keynote speaker was “Sex in the City” actress Cynthia Nixon, who is now running for governor of New York. 

A separate donor has also pledged $800,000, The Dallas Morning News reported.

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