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 | Caroline Funk

Holy City Pregnancy Center

The fight for life has taken a new dimension in the Diocese of Charleston. Pro-Life Charleston is establishing a mobile pregnancy center in an effort to serve women experiencing unplanned pregnancies in the Lowcountry.

The mission of the Holy City Mobile Pregnancy Center is to help moms and save lives. In partnership with Charleston Sidewalk Advocates for Life, 40 Days for Life and the Holy City Pregnancy Care Teams, the mobile pregnancy unit will provide free ultrasounds and future prenatal care services to moms in crisis. The bus will travel to locations across the Lowcountry where the services are most needed (i.e., college campuses, outside of abortion clinics, inner-city neighborhoods, etc).

In addition to the free essential services, Pro-Life Charleston ensures the moms and babies will be provided for at all costs.

“Once hearts are converted on the bus, we will continue to provide services to mothers for up to two years ... whether it be financial assistance, continuing education, employment opportunities, etc. Our ministry focuses on saving lives and providing better lives,” stated Alexander Palyo, executive director of Pro-Life Charleston.

The impact of the mobile pregnancy unit will be unmeasurable; not only will lives be saved, but the women can continue to live productive, powerful and prayerful lives after they choose life for their babies.

The Holy City Mobile Pregnancy Center was purchased in full this past month by generous donors across South Carolina. Complete with modern ultrasound technology and top-quality equipment, the mobile pregnancy unit is an insured medical service with an accredited staff that aims to provide hope and help to women in need.

According to South Carolia Citizens for Life and the Department of Health and Environmental Control, 86 percent of the increase in abortions in South Carolina in 2019 occurred at the Charleston Planned Parenthood.

“The power of a mustard seed can go a long way and make a profound impact. The Holy City Mobile Pregnancy Center is the mustard seed for the Lowcountry,” stated Stasi Gormley, parishioner of Christ Our King and a member of Sidewalk Advocates for Life. "The mobile pregnancy center is the first pivotal step for a mom facing a crisis pregnancy. All of the lies that inflict the heart of these moms can be relieved.”

Once the vehicle is on the road, monthly operating costs are anticipated to be nearly $10,000 for a full-time staff. The Holy City Mobile Pregnancy Center is still looking for volunteers from all walks of faith to assist with ultrasound machine operations, bus driving, route planning, fundraising and communications.

If you can help in any of these ways, please contact Malcolm Brennan, Holy City Mobile Pregnancy Center chairman, at

Your continued prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

Caroline Funk is the legislative affairs specialist for the S.C. Catholic Conference. Email her at