When the Lubbock Nurturing Center first got word the local abortion clinic had closed, they weren't sure how to react. After all, the center initially opened up purely to try and stop what was happening next door.
"But, then it came down to what we're going to do, and I think just out of shock our director was like 'well, wait, yeah, what do we do now?'" says the center's Krysten Haga.
However, now they say they're excited to see what will become of the former clinic.
"Our dreams were initially, 'let's tear it down, let's just get rid of it,'" according to Haga. "But the fact that they're wanting to make so much good come out of the building thats been the cause of so many lives lost is truly a blessing."
The clinic's new owner, Generation Healthcare, says they plan to turn the former Planned Parentood into a resource center for kids with learning disabilities.
But when they acquired the clinic, they also acquired their debt. So first they'll have to raise 400,000 dollars before they re-open.
And with this clinic no longer performing abortions, women will have to travel as far as Dallas if they want to undergo the procedure.
"Now we're just excited to see where we go from here," Haga says. "We may have won this battle, but there's still a whole war going on. And we have to work toward the eventual end of abortions."
A former PP employee, who asked to remain anonymous, says she's very upset by the fact that local women no longer have a nearby option should they chose to terminate their pregnancy.
But, she also confirmed that a couple of the clinic's former employees will be joining the Generation staff.
With the 67th and Indiana location set to be the aforementioned educational center, Generation is also in the process of reopening PP's Briercroft facility. That will be a fully-functioning women's health clinic that will perform most services, except abortions.
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