Through the Ultrasound Initiative, since 2009, state and local Knights of Columbus councils have teamed up with the Supreme Council to fund over 752 ultrasound machines, costing over $36 million, for placement in pro-life pregnancy care centers (PCCs) in all 50 states, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Peru.
Now, the Supreme Council is offering additional funding when an ultrasound machine will be used in a mobile medical unit.
ULTRASOUND MACHINE MATCHING FUNDS
Through the Ultrasound Initiative, when a state or local council raises 50% of the cost of an ultrasound machine, the Supreme Council will provide the other 50% of the cost to complete funding for purchase of an ultrasound machine that will help a PCC to provide for the health of mothers and their unborn children.
Ultrasound machines provide abortion-vulnerable pregnant women a new way of viewing the life within them.
MOBILE MEDICAL UNIT FUNDING – NEW!
In addition, for state or local Ultrasound Initiative fund raising drives meant to place ultrasound machines in vehicles to operate as mobile medical units, the Supreme Council will now provide additional funds to cover most, or all, of the other 50% of the cost of an ultrasound machine.
Thus, if the state or local council raises all of the funds needed to purchase a vehicle (i.e. – bus, RV, truck, van, etc.) outfitted to serve as a mobile medical unit for a PCC, the Supreme Council will provide up to 100% of the cost of purchasing an ultrasound machine, to use in the unit.
“WINDOW ON THE WOMB”
The sophistication of today’s medical technology provides a “window on the womb” said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. “Even from the early stages of pregnancy, a mother can see her developing child, hear the baby’s heartbeat, and to recognize the miracle of the new life within her.”
Ultrasound exams, which are medically indicated throughout pregnancy for a variety of diagnostic reasons, use ultrasound waves to scan a women’s abdomen, creating a picture, or “sonogram,” of the baby in her womb. Without K of C support, most PCCs would be unable to purchase an ultrasound machine, which usually costs tens of thousands of dollars, or a vehicle to serve as a mobile medical unit, often costing from $100,000 to $250,000.