K of C installs ultrasound machines across North America
For almost ten years, the Knights of Columbus have been paying for ultrasound machines to be purchased and installed in pro-life centers throughout the United States and Canada. In America, the machines have now been installed in all 50 states.
Since the Ultrasound Initiative began in 2009, it has been possible for pro-life pregnancy centers to work with state or local Knights of Columbus councils to obtain approval and raise funds for the purchase of an ultrasound machine. Once the local council raises half of the cost, the Supreme Council in New Haven, Connecticut contributes the other half. Then the system is purchased and installed.
About 900 ultrasound machines have been installed so far, at an average cost of about $50,000 each. These machines are important diagnostic tools for maternal and fetal health, as well as inspiring windows on the miracle of new life.
In a new program, the Knights are now providing special financial support for outfitting mobile medical units with ultrasound machines. Under this program, if the state or local council raises all of the funds to purchase the mobile medical vehicle, the Supreme Council will provide 100% of the cost of the ultrasound machine.
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