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Planned Parenthood gets $6.5M donation from anonymous couple

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Thousands of people rally in support of Planned Parenthood this winter.
Thousands of people rally in support of Planned Parenthood this winter.
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Planned Parenthood plans to use a multi-million dollar private gift to update its Uptown location in Minneapolis and expand services in the region.

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota announced the $6.5-million donation on Monday. It comes from an unnamed local couple who has given to the organization in the past. 

The money is the lead gift in a three-year initiative to expand and update its 19 health care clinics throughout the region.

Work will begin immediately on a new building in the Uptown neighborhood. Plans are for a state of the art facility to be built at the current location.  

The clinic serves 13,000 people and Planned Parenthood said demand for services has increased. 

"We are incredibly grateful," Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of PPMNS, said in a news release. "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."

President Trump's proposed 2018 budget eliminates all federal funding to Planned Parenthood.