Knights purchase new scanner for ABC Pregnancy Center
Fathers Mark Brantley and Warren Stecklein presided at the dedication and blessing of a new $47,000 ultrasound scanner at the ABC Pregnancy Care Center in Garden City, which was purchased thanks to a donation by the Knights of Columbus.
“We are extremely excited to have this machine,” said Erica Boone, Executive Director of the ABC Pregnancy Care Center. “Right after the dedication, we were able to do five sonograms for abortion-minded and abortion vulnerable women. All of the women chose life for their unborn baby.
“We are so grateful to have the technology of this machine. The machine we had before worked well for its age, but we’re so happy to have the technology that this machine offers,” including a wide screen and 3-D imagery of the unborn baby.
“Mothers have a better, clear picture of their baby,” Boone said. “It’s just extremely exciting to have that.”
The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative actively raises money toward the purchase of ultrasound machines for pregnancy centers across the country. This was the first time that a machine was purchased for a center in southwest Kansas.
The Supreme Council (the national Knights office) has provided half the cost, while Kansas Knights have provided the other half.
“Our center is doing a lot over here,” said Tom Loker, a former grand knight and a member of the St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus, Council 2795 in Garden City, 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.”
The Knights’ nationwide ultrasound project began in 2009.
The ultrasound machines will help the centers better provide for the health of both mother and child. Ultrasound exams, which are medically indicated throughout pregnancy for a variety of diagnostic reasons, use sound waves to scan a woman’s abdomen, creating a picture or “sonogram” of the baby in her uterus.
Without K of C support, these centers would be unable to purchase the ultrasound devices, each costing tens of thousands of dollars.