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KC program saves 2,027 unborn babies in Nebraska

(SNR) – The lives of more than 2,000 unborn babies have been saved as a result of the Nebraska Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative Program.

Since 2009, the Nebraska Knights of Columbus Culture of Life Foundation (COL) has placed 10 ultrasound machines in qualifying women’s resource centers throughout Nebraska. The first was placed in Kearney in 2009 and others have been placed in North Platte, Grand Island, Hastings, O’Neill, and in four facilities in the Omaha area. Two machines were placed in 2018.

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The Knights of Columbus contacted the eight facilities with ultrasound machines in place by January 2017, “In 2017, how many abortion minded and/or abortion vulnerable women received an ultrasound, and after seeing the results, chose not to abort?”

Seven of eight facilities responded. The total number of ultrasounds given was 2,463. Of that number, 2,027 women chose not to abort after viewing the ultrasound.

The COL is funded mainly through the “One Rose, One Life” campaign that is sponsored and carried out by local Knights of Columbus Councils in parishes statewide on or near Jan. 22, the anniversary of the 1973, Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which found a legal right to abortion.

The “Ultrasound Initiative” is a program started in 2009 by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, which has close to two million members, to help place ultrasound machines in qualifying women’s resource centers throughout the United States and worldwide. The supreme council typically pays half the cost of a machine, with the other half coming from state or local councils. Since the program began, nearly 1,000 ultrasound machines have been placed in these centers, saving the lives of countless babies.

“Look for a One Rose One Life campaign coming soon to a parish near you, so you too, can help save lives,” said Brian and Mary Jo Hamik, Nebraska state directors of the COL Foundation. “Your donations make a difference.”

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