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Anti-abortion group repurposes Planned Parenthood center

A crisis pregnancy center run by an anti-abortion group has set up shop in a former Planned Parenthood facility in Bryan, Texas.

Hope Pregnancy Centers of Brazos Valley bought the center a year ago and remodeled it, after the Planned Parenthood center was forced to close under new abortion clinics regulations passed by the state legislature in 2013. The ministry now uses the building to provide counseling to women with unplanned pregnancies and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

The group says it's the first provider of "pro-life services" to repurpose a Planned Parenthood facility. It held a grand opening Wednesday, after seeing about 40 patients since a soft launch Sept. 1, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"What was once a place of death and grief where an estimated 6,400 abortions were performed has been transformed into a place of life," said Tracy Frank, Hope Pregnancy's executive director. "We feel like we have reclaimed and redeemed the ground."

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