A similar effort, the Option Ultrasound Program sponsored by Focus on the Family has been underway since 2004 with a goal to providing 650 ultrasound services by 2010. (Ultrasound services included the machinery plus training and facility improvements to accommodate the conversion of non-medical pregnancy centers to medical status.)
- "We are thrilled to announce the dedication of these two state of the art ultrasound machines. We are also deeply gratified to have partnered with the Knights of Columbus whose deep generosity made this project possible.
Knights of Columbus, Idaho State Deputy Brian Simer, states:
- "Every day, thousands of women are making individual decisions to have an abortion under great pressure, and often with little knowledge about the precious new human life within them. Modern ultrasound technology now provides clear, well-defined full color images of the child in the womb. The opportunity to see such images, and to understand in detail the development of a child even in the early weeks of pregnancy often has a dramatic effect on a woman's decision regarding her pregnancy.
"Through our ultrasound program, the Supreme Council provides a matching grant for every state or local council that raises half the cost of a new machine. Since the program began in Iowa, Georgia and Florida 19 months ago, Knights in 25 states have enabled the purchase of 53 ultrasound machines. Together, we have so far donated $1,627,855 to buy these machines, and it is the single largest and most important project being funded by our Culture of Life Fund."
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