Planned Parenthood gets huge donation, plans 'state-of-the-art' Minneapolis clinic

An unnamed couple's $6.5 million check will help build a new Uptown Minneapolis Planned Parenthood.

An unnamed couple's $6.5 million check will help build a new Uptown Minneapolis Planned Parenthood. Google Earth

 The Planned Parenthood clinic in Uptown Minneapolis is due for a makeover. 

And now it's getting one, thanks to a massive donation to the regional branch of the women's health care clinic. A recent $6.5 million donation will help pay for replacing the existing clinic with a "state of the art" facility, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota announced Monday morning.

The donation came from "a very generous couple in this community." Though the statement didn't reveal their identities, regional president Sarah Stoesz described the pair as "fierce defenders of making sure women get the health care they need, no matter what."

Planned Parenthood is raising money as part of a "facilities expansion" for all 19 of its clinics in the three-state region, but this check is earmarked for the Minneapolis clinic on Lagoon Avenue. With some 13,000 women receiving treatment each year, the Uptown site is Planned Parenthood's busiest clinic in the state.

Said Stoesz: “We are incredibly grateful. This gift will ensure that the expert reproductive health care that is our hallmark will be provided in a beautiful, welcoming and contemporary Uptown clinic.”

The announcement did not specify when construction on the new clinic would begin, or how patient care in that neighborhood would be handled during the interruption of service. 

The Minneapolis clinic has recently experienced an increase in women seeking longterm birth control through intrauterine devices (IUDs), as many feared the Trump administration and Republican Congress would move to impede easy access to birth control. The Star Tribune reports IUD insertion procedures there have nearly doubled during the first half of 2017.

Clinics that specialize in women's reproductive health and birth control now conduct nearly all of Minnesota's elective abortions.

The announcement also suggests Planned Parenthood's fundraising could allow for the construction of new facilities "in areas that are not currently served." Planned Parenthood has just one clinic each in North Dakota and South Dakota (in Fargo and Sioux Falls, respectively); of its 17 Minnesota clinics, eight are located in the Twin Cities metro area, and the remainder are scattered throughout outstate areas.