Thursday September 23, 2010

Knights of Columbus Bring Fourth 4D Ultrasound to At-Risk Mothers

ORANGE COUNTY, California, September 23, 2010 ( – Four cutting-edge 4D ultrasound devices will soon help Southern California mothers at risk for abortion see the face of their unborn baby, thanks to the team effort of the Knights of Columbus, the local Catholic diocese, and a pregnancy resource center organization.

On Thursday, September 30 at 4:30 the Knights of Columbus, the Orange County Catholic Diocese and Birth Choice Health Clinics will celebrate the installation of the fourth new 4D ultrasound machine and the launch of the new Birth Choice Mobile Clinic. Kathleen Eaton, the founder and CEO of Birth Choice, Bishop Cirilo from the Orange County Diocese, and dignitaries from the Knights of Columbus will make brief presentations and participate in this historic ribbon cutting ceremony.

“In the past, we have used the 2D ultrasounds to show our clients black and white images of their babies,” said Jennifer Wallace, Birth Choice Clinic Director, in a statement this week. “With the introduction of the 4D, we will be able to show these young women a life-like image of their child. The technological advancements of the 4D are so dramatic that the images obtained show an uncanny resemblance to the child after they are born.”

Wallace said that the first 4D ultrasound was delivered to the Long Beach Birth Choice Clinic in June, when the group had just started fundraising to equip all six medical clinics with the new technology. “The Knights of Columbus answered the call and have generously gifted us with the funds necessary to bring Birth Choice Health Clinics to that next level,” she said.

Four Knights of Columbus parish councils working together have raised more than $200,000 and purchased four new 4D ultrasound machines in support of Birth Choice Health Clinics.

“We’re more than half way to acquiring the fifth unit and don’t intend to stop as long as Birth Choice continues opening clinics,” said Hank Evers, the Knights’ project chairman.

Half of the funds were raised locally by the parish councils at St. Edward the Confessor, Our Lady of Fatima, Mission Basilica and St. Timothy parishes. “For every dollar we raise at the local community level, our Supreme or headquarter council in New Haven, Connecticut will match it evenly,” said Evers.

Birth Choice will use these ultrasound machines in their five licensed medical clinics and mobile clinic to enhance their level of medical services and counseling.

The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative serves as a concrete way for Knights to support the health and wellness of pregnant mothers and their babies. Launched Jan. 22, 2009, the national project has raised more than $1.8 million by local and state councils using the matching funds to purchase ultrasound equipment.

Starting as a small call-in pregnancy resource center in 1981, Birth Choice has grown into six community health clinics serving thousands of young women and men annually in Southern California, providing medical services, education and support to individuals in need of free services. Since becoming fully licensed medical clinics in 2007, Birth Choice has logged over 37,000 client visits.

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