top story Stanton Healthcare plans to build next to Meridian Planned Parenthood The organizations are involved in a lawsuit over a mobile services bus dispute By Holly Beech firstname.lastname@example.org HollyBeechMP Mar 16, 2017 (…) Courtesy of neUdesign Architecture & Construction Stanton Health care aims to break ground in May on a new Meridian wellness center 2218 E. Franklin Road, next to Planned Parenthood. Courtesy of Stanton Healthcare Brandi Swindell, the CEO and founder of Stanton Healthcare, stands in front of the organization’s mobile services bus. By Holly Beech/MP Planned Parenthood has filed a complaint against Stanton Healthcare, which has property next to Planned Parenthood’s Meridian clinic at 2112 E. Franklin Road. By Holly Beech/MP Stanton Healthcare is planning to build a facility in Meridian next to Planned Parenthood on East Franklin Road in a few months. By Holly Beech/MP Sparrow Hawk Business Center is home to several businesses, including Planned Parenthood and a future Stanton Healthcare center, on East Franklin Road in Meridian. Courtesy of neUdesign Architecture & Construction The design for a new Stanton Healthcare center in Meridian includes exam and counseling rooms, a laboratory, a wellness room and a clothing boutique. Courtesy of neUdesign Architecture & Construction Stanton Health care aims to break ground in May on a new Meridian wellness center 2218 E. Franklin Road, next to Planned Parenthood. Stanton Healthcare and Planned Parenthood, which are facing off in a lawsuit, could be neighbors in Meridian by early next year.Stanton aims to break ground on a new Meridian wellness center in May, pending city permit approval, said founder and CEO Brandi Swindell.The 7,000-square-foot building would be at 2218 E. Franklin Road, next to Planned Parenthood. Stanton owned two parcels at the site and sold one to a church, Swindell said in December. Story continues below video × Advertisement Stanton’s mission is to end abortion and provide free services to women facing unexpected pregnancies. The organization has opened pregnancy crisis centers next to Planned Parenthood’s other two Idaho clinics in Boise and Twin Falls.“We have had issues with protesters, and we have had issues with harassment of staff,” regional Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Katie Rogers said. “And because of that, we have decided to challenge them legally.”The regional Planned Parenthood sued Stanton Healthcare in November, claiming Stanton illegally operated its mobile services van in the shared Meridian parking lot and intimidated Planned Parenthood’s staff and patients.Swindell has called the lawsuit’s claims false and slanderous.Construction of the new Meridian clinic could be complete in as little as eight months, she said. Stanton has raised $250,000 of the $1.4 million construction budget. The building’s design includes exam and counseling rooms, a laboratory, a wellness room for massages and other therapies, and a boutique with infant and maternity clothing.“It’s going to be set up and designed to offer holistic women’s health care, as well as our specific care to reach out to women facing unexpected pregnancies,” Swindell said.Stanton provides free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted infection testing, supplies for new mothers and referrals to health care providers for medical services.Planned Parenthood’s services include access to birth control, exams for men and women, abortions, vaccinations and treatments for infections and sexually transmitted diseases.LAWSUIT BACKGROUNDPlanned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands filed the lawsuit against Generation Life, a nonprofit doing business as Stanton Healthcare, on Nov. 22 in 4th Judicial District Court.Stanton had been operating its mobile services van in the shared parking lot near its property in Meridian.The lawsuit claims people who appeared to be invited by Stanton harassed Planned Parenthood patients and employees — either by blocking them from getting out of their cars, photographing their license plates, protesting, or directing patients away from Planned Parenthood and toward Stanton’s bus.The business park rules don’t allow that type of conduct or the operation of the bus in the common area, according to the lawsuit. Planned Parenthood is asking the court to order Stanton Healthcare to stop using the common area to operate its bus, promote its services, and approach, harass or intimidate staff, patients and associates. Planned Parenthood is also seeking reimbursement of legal fees.“They have repeatedly had protesters, Stanton Healthcare protesters, outside of our clinic,” Rogers told the Meridian Press in December. “We felt the need to take action...to stop Stanton’s obstructionist agenda.”Stanton officials said the claims in the lawsuit are false.“Stanton has always been committed to reaching women...without any kind of manipulation, intimidation or coercion,” said Stanton founding board member, Rev. Patrick Mahoney of Washington, D.C.A trial is set for March 2018, but Stanton’s legal team plans to file a motion to have the case dismissed, said Stanton’s attorney, Catherine Glenn Foster with Sound Legal Group in Washington, D.C.“We believe it is a slam dunk,” she said. “It’s really something that should never have been brought.”If anyone is protesting or harassing Planned Parenthood employees or patients, they are not associated with Stanton, Glenn Foster said.“If you want to contest their presence there, go to them,” she said. “There’s nothing that we as Stanton can do to help on that front because we have no control, we’re not inviting them.”In regards to the mobile clinic, Stanton has a right to operate the bus in the parking lot near its Meridian property, Glenn Foster said. Stanton winterized the bus over the cold months and is now operating it out in other parts of the community, she said. More from this section Injured Boise Police officer to take on Table Rock in LIMBitless Challenge Posted: April 24, 2017 Dog of the Week: Collins Posted: April 24, 2017 Letter to the Editor: Support local causes on Idaho Gives day Posted: April 20, 2017 Ada County's mobile voting food truck named World Changing Ideas finalist Posted: April 20, 2017 Meridian woman sentenced for filing fraudulant claim with GEICO Posted: April 20, 2017 HollyBeechMP Follow HollyBeechMP Close Get email notifications on HollyBeechMP daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever HollyBeechMP posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Follow HollyBeechMP Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!