Adoption Nonprofit Takes Over Lubbock Planned Parenthood

A Texas nonprofit group that specializes in adoption and education has expanded its reach to include reproductive health care in Lubbock, the largest city in mostly rural northwest Texas, where access to reproductive health care has decreased dramatically following the state legislature’s severe cuts to family planning funds in 2011.

Generation Healthcare, which has taken over two facilities formerly operated by Planned Parenthood, is an arm of Generation Covenant and Adoption Covenant, which were founded by Lubbock adoption lawyer Merinda Condra. Condra serves as CEO of the newly transferred health clinic, which will not provide abortion care. The Lubbock Planned Parenthood did provide abortions, though it had been struggling financially and would not have been able to continue offering abortions under provisions of HB 2.

Condra told RH Reality Check that her group is responding to the “huge need” for reproductive health care in the area. “Really what we wanted to do is make sure that the basic women’s heath services continued in this area,” said Condra. “We have a huge need for those services, and we were concerned that they were going to be discontinued.”

According to the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, which tracks the effects of family planning funding cuts in the state, family planning clinics in Lubbock County served 95 percent fewer Texans in 2012 than they did in 2010, down to just 138 clients last year from 3,094 in 2010.

Condra said her adoption agency operates “as a separate entity” to the health clinic, and that while “certainly everyone at the clinic is educated about adoption, there will be no adoption agency staff on site at the clinic, or vice versa.”

Condra said she plans to eventually employ up to 20 full-time staff members, up from the four full-time staffers she said were employed at the Planned Parenthood when her group took over the facility last week. She describes Generation’s acquisition of the facility as a transfer, not a buy-out.

One of the full-time staffers at the newly managed facility, Condra said, will be a full-time counselor who can “try to help address any issues that might be going on, whether or not they’re directly related to the health issues,” as well as a “benefits counselor” who will be “knowledgeable about all the services available in the community,” including food pantries and “clothing closets.”

Seeking to distance herself from political conversations about abortion, Condra told earlier this week, “We’re not a political organization. We’re not an abortion—pro or against—organization.”

Condra said one of her clinic’s first priorities is to begin seeing clients as part of the new Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP). Enrollment in the TWHP, a replacement for the Medicaid Women’s Health Program that Texas discontinued so that it could block Planned Parenthood from providing reproductive health services to low-income Texans, has so far dropped by more than a quarter in the program’s first year.

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  •!/dameocrat Dameocrat

    Will contraceptives be available? What services will it provide? Texas Tech looks really sucky now, at least if you are a young women.

    • Andrea Grimes

      Yes, they will prescribe contraceptives.

      •!/dameocrat Dameocrat

        Just prescribe? Many women that use PP go there because they can’t afford birth control, so birth control is available on a sliding fee. Many doctors prescribe.

    • goatini

      Condra is a vulture scavenging for inventory for her human trafficking syndicate. I agree with you and Colleen that this rapacious bottom feeder will NOT be offering ANY actual reproductive health care on a sliding scale basis. The ONLY “offering” that will be “free” will be the seizure of the products of gestational slavery, to be sold to the highest bidder.

  • colleen

    Of course there is a shortage of reproductive healthcare. The religious right forced the closure of the local Planned Parenthood offices. Are we supposed to admire her spunky right wing Christian ‘feminism’ ? Her deep and abiding concern for pregnant women?

    I’m pretty sure that the Ms Condra will be making a considerable profit from her nonprofit adoption services and equally certain that that the limited reproductive healthcare they do supply will not be offered on a sliding scale basis. I am absolutely certain that she and her right wing fundie business will continue to exploit poor women and use their babies for profit. This is a religious right business. They will use poor women like breeding livestock. Why the advertisement for her entrepreneurial efforts?

    • goatini

      You have to take a look at the so-called “Adoption Covenant” Facebook page. Absolutely disgusting. Reminds me of nothing so much as homeless cat and dog placement agencies. If you had any doubts of whether this was a human trafficking enterprise, the Facebook page will remove all those doubts. Reprehensible exploitation of women with unwanted pregnancies, treating the product of their gestational slavery like Pound Puppies.

      • colleen

        I think that women from the religious right need to acknowledge their tendency to exploit and demean other women and stop presenting themselves as ‘fellow women allies’. They aren’t allies, they’re vultures.

  • Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy

    Nice lip services messaging.. we can Almost believe her, but Somehow, I doubt that she REALLY cares about making sure women get the reproductive health services they need. It’s another case of an adoption agency funnel. It’s target marketing for the suppliers needed to keep the adoption profits coming in. It’s almost brilliant, if it wasn’t completely disgusting.

    • CJ99

      That what worries me about this. What ulterior motives are going on behind the scenes?

  • PHX2013

    Oh, yes… now we have an answer. Use the old Planed Parenthood centers as factories to house vulnerable young women, so they can be used as broodmares for rich republicans who think they are entitled to the offspring of the less fortunate. Sickening, I tell ya. Absolutely sickening.