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Knights donate ultrasound machine for mobile unit

(SNR) – The Nebraska Knights of Columbus State Council recently donated an ultrasound machine to Nebraskans United for Life (NUFL).

The machine purchase was made possible through a matching fund grant provided by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Ultrasound Initiative.

Since the Knights Ultrasound Initiative began in January 2009, order-wide, said Tony Hergott, state deputy, the Knights have provided more than 600 machines to qualified pregnancy recourse centers.

“This program has saved the lives of countless unborn children,” he said, “and that’s what it is all about. Just think about the powerful impact it has when a mother, considering abortion, sees her baby for the first time. There is no doubt this experience will strengthen that mother-child bond.

“Studies indicate more than 90% of women change their minds about having an abortion after seeing an ultrasound,” he added.

This ultrasound machine – installed Oct. 26 – is unique in that it was installed into a mobile unit. An RV was converted to a mobile clinic that allows NUFL to reach out to those living in or near Nebraska towns which have no pregnancy resource centers.

“I’m proud of all the state officers, culture of life directors and the more than 25,500 Brother Knights and their families across Nebraska who made this possible,” Hergott said. “It shows our commitment to restoring the culture of life one child at a time.”

Nebraskans United for Life, based in Omaha, offers free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds. They also offer free pregnancy counseling and provide material assistance such as clothing, diapers, formula, bottles, household items, housewares, financial assistance, food and much more.

For more information about Nebraskans United for Life, visit http://nebraskansunitedforlife.org.

The Knights of Columbus organization was formed under the direction of Father Michael J. McGivney, to render financial aid to members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. The first official charter was in 1882, and the Knights of Columbus has grown to more than 15,100 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the United States and more than a dozen other countries.

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