SUMMERVILLE—Studies show that most women considering an abortion will change her mind and choose life after having an ultrasound, which shows a live image of the unborn child with the sound of its heartbeat.
The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council has an “Ultrasound Program”, where they will match 50% of donations raised by local councils towards the purchase an ultrasound unit. In 2019, the Knights of Columbus Richard C. Madden Council 6629 began a “Baby Bottle Drive” to raise money so the Low Country Pregnancy Center could purchase a state-of-the-art ultrasound unit.
The Council raised $6,3121.81 but the drive was put on hold due to COVID-19. It was resumed in August 2020. Members of the Parish Respect Life Committee and Brother Knights were at all Masses in August, distributing baby bottles, answering questions, and collecting bottles returned with donations of checks, cash, and coins.
Online donations were also accepted and $7,806.43 in donations were received from VERY generous parishioners, bringing total donations to $14,119.24.
The ultrasound’s price is $23,000, which does not include state sales tax or training. The Supreme Council sent a check to the pregnancy center for $11,500. Council 6629 presented the center with a check for $13,070 to cover the remaining 50%, plus sales tax and training. Any remaining dollars were placed in the Council’s Right to Life account.
The Low Country Pregnancy Center reports that they expect 187 pregnant women to choose life after having an ultrasound. As the units last approximately 5-10 years, we can confidently say that we are literally saving hundreds of lives. The Brother Knights of Council 6629 want to THANK YOU for your generosity.