Knights raise $47,000 toward ultrasound machine

 The ABC Pregnancy Care Center in Garden City is much closer to getting a new $47,000 ultrasound machine, thanks to the efforts of the Knights of Columbus.

The annual Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative actively raises money toward the purchase of ultrasound machines for pregnancy centers across the country.  Ultrasound machines have been purchased for pregnancy centers in other parts of Kansas, including Wichita and Parsons. This will be the first time that a machine was purchased for a center in southwest Kansas.

The Knights are closing in on their goal. Tom Loker, a former grand knight and a member of the St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus, Council 2795 in Garden City, explained that the Supreme Council (the national Knights office) has provided half the cost, and the state Knights have provided the other half. But more funds are needed.

“There will be expenses incurred within the pregnancy center not only for the machine, but also for shipping, installation, software probes, etc…,” Loker said.

“Once it is installed, the state will have a representative come—and if his schedule allows, the bishop will bless the machine.

“Our center is doing a lot over here,” added Loker, who is on the board of directors for the ABC Pregnancy Care Center in Garden City. “We even provide post-abortion counseling. We recently hired a new executive director, and she has done a fantastic job.”

Alvin Bergkamp, a member of the Lakin Knights, wants to make sure that all the funds are raised that are needed to cover every cost. He has issued a challenge to other Knights in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City to each donate $1 per member toward the installation of the sonogram.

“They’re trying to get a new machine (which creates a sonogram image of the child) so they can show the women who come in who are considering abortion that this is a live human being that they are aborting,” Bergkamp said.

“Many people don’t think a child is alive until after it’s born, and most of us know differently.

“This is just something that falls under what the Knights believe, and what we all should believe.”

Loker suggested that funds can be sent to the Kansas State Council Knights of Columbus or directly to the ABC Pregnancy Care Center in the name of the Knights of Columbus:

ABC Pregnancy Care Center

509 N. 6th St

Garden City, KS 67846