Texas pregnancy center plans $10 million, 20,000 square foot waterfront expansion

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A South Texas crisis pregnancy center is set to become one of the largest of its kind in the United States thanks to new state-funded renovations.

On Sunday, Caroline Kitchener and Beth Reinhard of the Washington Post published an article covering the extended plans to redo and expand operations at the Pregnancy Center of the Coastal Bend, a crisis pregnancy center in Corpus Christi, Texas, led by Executive Director Jana Pinson.

The center is one of thousands of medically unlicensed facilities across the United States with the central mission of keeping pregnant women away from abortions and bringing unborn children to term. This particular center, according to the Post’s report, could set the tone for others like it in the post-Roe era after a dramatic $10 million expansion to a new location next to the local Texas A&M satellite campus overlooking the Oso Bay.

Architecture firm Chuck Anasto Associates posted renderings of the proposed installation on Instagram in March.

The new center will include nine counseling rooms, six ultrasound rooms, a cafe-bar and a thrift store, as well as a “men’s cave” with a pool table where wives of pregnant women will be approached by a marriage counselor certified, according to the Washington Post report.

Much of the construction of the 20,000 square foot facility will be paid for with state dollars approved by the legislature, according to Pinson. In 2021, Texas lawmakers approved $100 million in funding for the state’s abortion alternatives program, which saw little oversight regarding its results or spending patterns since its inception in the mid-2000s. The main recipient of program funding has been crisis pregnancy centers, and supporters of the initiative have championed its success in preventing abortions in Texas despite the lack of certifiable results.

“I don’t know if you can still determine how many abortions were missed or how many lives were saved because of this program,” said Texas State Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) in 2021, according to the Texas Grandstand. “It’s almost like, how many ships does a lighthouse save? You don’t know, do you, but the fact that it’s there, you know, helps those ships get to safely where they are supposed to go.”

Pinson told the Washington Post that the new Corpus Christi facility will possess the vibe of a “coastal spa” and is aimed at young college-aged women. The center currently has a staff of 50 and an annual operating budget of $2 million, according to the report. The center also offers Bible study classes, according to Pinson, and patrons who attend are rewarded with “points” that can be redeemed for baby clothes or diapers.

“We gave away 200,000 diapers last year, Pinson told The Washington Post.



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