The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative surpassed a major milestone today, placing its 1,500th ultrasound machine through its signature donation program.
The machine was donated to the First Choice Women’s Resource Center in New Brunswick, N.J., and blessed by Bishop James Checchio of the Diocese of Metuchen during a dedication ceremony attended by Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly.
“Knights of Columbus believe in the dignity and worth of every human life,” said Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly. “Our Founder, Blessed Michael McGivney, devoted his life to the care of widows and orphans. We continue the Order’s mission by working tirelessly, through prayer and action, to support mothers and their children, both unborn and born.”
Since 2009, the Knights has placed ultrasound machines in all 50 U.S. states — with more than 100 in Florida, California and Texas. Through the initiative, the Order covers the entire cost of this life-saving technology for the center — local councils raise half the purchase cost, and the Supreme Council contributes the balance. The total value of these machines now stands at more than $72 million. Beyond the Ultrasound Initiative, local councils have donated funds and supplies worth nearly $14 million, and members offered more than 1.3 million man-hours, to assist pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes from 2018 to 2020.
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“Now is a crucial moment for life. Our compassion, understanding and generous support are all essential,” Kelly said. “Our bold witness is needed to change not only laws, but also hearts and minds.”
Knights of Columbus also put their pro-life beliefs into action through many other pro-life programs, including Marches for Life, diaper drives, Special Olympics, Masses for People with Special Needs and more.
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