Planned Parenthood gets a $6.5M donation from a Minnesota couple

It'll use the money for upgrades on its Minneapolis clinic.
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Planned Parenthood clinics in Minnesota are getting some upgrades. 

The organization says a "very generous couple" donated $6.5 million, which will help Planned Parenthood "move forward immediately" on building a state-of-the-art health care facility at its current Minneapolis location

The Uptown clinic currently services nearly 13,000 patients, and the new facility will help Planned Parenthood meet additional demands for service. 

Jen Aulwes, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, told GoMN the money will go toward making investments in technology, equipment and furnishings "that provide the most warm and welcoming environment for our patients."

"We are incredibly grateful," Sarah Stoesz, the president of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, said in a statement. "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 donation comes at a time when there's been a push in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, with supporters of the effort calling Planned Parenthood the "nation's largest abortion chain."

In 2015, abortions made up 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provided, totaling 328,348 abortion procedures, according to the nonprofit's most recent annual report

STI testing and treatment makes up 45 percent of its services, followed by contraception services at 30 percent.

Other locations will get upgrades too

Planned Parenthood runs 19 clinics in the region (18 in Minnesota, one in South Dakota and none in North Dakota), which provide family planning information and health care services to nearly 66,000 patients a year. 

The other locations will be getting some upgrades, too, thanks to money raised through the organization's three-year Facilities Expansion Initiative. 

Planned Parenthood will also look into building clinics in areas where it doesn't currently have locations.

And they're still trying to raise more funds, including through an event being held Tuesday at Modist Brewing Company in Minneapolis.

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