The extension of the $1-a-year lease of a city-owned building in East Austin was approved by the city council in November and took effect Feb. 6.
Planned Parenthood signed its first lease for the site in 1973.
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Though the bill didn’t invalidate Planned Parenthood’s Austin lease, it will block other contracts, “and that’s a big gain for us,” said abortion opponent Joe Pojman of Texas Alliance for Life. “We’re very pleased that this law will soon be going into effect.”