February 4, 2014 – Klamath Falls, OR — The Knights of Columbus (K of C) has launched a fund-raising campaign for the acquisition of an ultrasound machine for the Pregnancy Hope Center in Klamath Falls.
In 2009, the K of C launched a national initiative aimed at providing women considering abortion visibility of the baby’s development. The program seeks to provide medically certified, life-affirming pregnancy centers with modern technology to monitor the health of babies in utero, and to allow mothers to visually experience their development. Since its initiation, more than 330 ultrasound machines have been purchased as part of the initiative.
Ultrasound exams, which are medically specified throughout pregnancy, use ultrasound waves to scan a women’s abdomen, creating a picture or “sonogram” of the baby in her uterus. Without K of C support, many pregnancy care centers would be unable to purchase the ultrasound machines, each costing tens of thousands of dollars.
“I understand that pregnant women who are considering abortion will change their minds and save their babies 80 percent of the time after viewing the image of their babies on the ultrasound monitor,” state K of C Pro-Life Chairman Dave Taylor. “The Knights are happy to work for this life-saving tool that someday in the near future will be in the hands of the Pregnancy Hope Center. We are excited that together with the community we can successfully complete the project.”
“Sonography is an important educational tool for our clients,” stated Pregnancy Hope Center executive director Judy Reynolds. “When clients are able to see first-hand their baby’s development and understand the medical facts, they are far more likely to choose life for their unborn baby.”
Local K of C councils raise half of the funds for purchase of an ultrasound machine before requesting matching funds from the national office.
The local recipient of the ultrasound equipment, Pregnancy Hope Center, is a medical clinic that supports women facing unplanned pregnancies by providing free pregnancy testing and verification, peer counseling, parenting and pregnancy education, and resources such as maternity clothes, baby clothes, diapers and formula. The Center also has post-abortion support services and an abstinence education program that reaches into the community through youth organizations and schools. All services are offered free of charge. The Center, located at 2421 Washburn Way, is open Monday through Friday 12 – 4 pm.
If you are interested in donating to the Knights of Columbus to help raise funds for the purchase of an ultrasound machine for the Pregnancy Hope Center, please make checks payable to Knights of Columbus and write “Project Ultrasound” in the memo line of the check. Checks can be mailed to Knights of Columbus Mt. McLoughlin Council No. 2255, Attn: Project Ultrasound, P.O. Box 5131, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601.
If you have any questions concerning the Knights and their ultrasound project, feel free to contact the local Knights of Columbus Pro-Life Chairman Dave Taylor at 541-273-0953.