Ultrasound Pioneer Shari Richard Convinced Technology Will Stop Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
January 13, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — As the nation marks 37 years of virtually unlimited abortions later this month under Roe v. Wade, a pioneer of the use of ultrasound believes it has the power to stop abortions. Shari Richard has promoted the use of ultrasounds for decades and she believes the technology has turned the corner.
More than a million American women will have an abortion in 2010 and 44 percent of American women will have an abortion at some point in their lifetime, Richard says.
As the latest anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court decision arrives, Richard points to polls conducted in 2009 showing movement in the pro-life direction as evidence of the power of ultrasound technology.
With improvements in the imaging taking a two-dimensional picture and moving it into the world of 3D and 4D, Richard is not surprised that more Americans are becoming pro-life and more are opting against an abortion.
"Ultrasound technology is credited with an important role in changing attitudes. If women see images of their unborn children, and are educated about developing life in the womb, they are less likely to abort," she says.
Richard personally experienced the grief and pain of abortion but, in 1990, through Sound Wave Images, she produced the videos Ultrasound: a Window to the Womb and Eyewitness to the Earliest Days of Life.
These powerful videos, seen by millions, showed fetal development and facts related to the emotional and physical trauma of abortion.
Following in the steps of Ian Donald, the pioneer of clinical ultrasound in the 1960s, her 2-D footage has educated millions with over 500,000 copies distributed and translated around the world. Pregnancy centers across the nation use the videos to educate their clients on life in the womb.
In 2009, utilizing digital advances, Richard produced Eyewitness 2 and Window to the Womb 2: the Next Generation in 3-D and 4-D imaging.
In three discs of ultra-clear and detailed images, Richard takes the viewer visually through the 38 weeks of pregnancy, documents the legacy of Ian Donald and the history of clinical ultrasound, and shares the personal stories of men and women who have experienced the grief of abortion and who have gone from pain to healing.
This year, Richard is releasing a special version of the videos for pregnancy centers so they, along with churches and schools, will be able to provide information on fetal development, abortion and healing.
"As a teaching tool the videos are enriching the effectiveness of abstinence curriculum and decreasing abortion," Richard says.
As a voice for the unborn, Shari Richard knows a picture is "worth a thousand words." Richard’s mission continues to be to share God’s grace and love to change and heal lives through a "window to the womb."
Related web sites:
Shari Richard’s videos – https://www.unborn.com
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