State Council News
‘I’M GOING TO KEEP MY BABY’
Posted Apr 10, 2017
A week prior to the feast of the Annunciation, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson attended the blessing of a mobile ultrasound unit donated to A Woman’s Haven, a pro-life pregnancy center in San Antonio.
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio blessed the mobile ultrasound unit. Attending the ceremony with Supreme Knight Anderson were Supreme Director Javier Martinez, Texas State Deputy Douglas Oldmixon, General Agent Steve Michlik of the Michlik Agency and San Antonio Diocesan Deputy Derek Rabey.
The donation was arranged by St. Mark the Evangelist Council 7613 in San Antonio, alongside the fundraising efforts of Poth Council 2618, New Braunfels Council 4183, St. Joseph’s at Honey Creek Council 8521 and St. Rose of Lima Council 11599. Meanwhile, encouraged by this program, A Woman’s Haven raised the money to purchase a Save the Storks mobile ultrasound van.
Eddie Perez, president of A Woman’s Haven and member of Council 8521 in Bulverde, said, “Because of this mobile pregnancy center, we anticipate that the number of women we serve will grow to approximately 2,000 … on a yearly basis.”
Darlene Balenger, a nurse practitioner at A Woman’s Haven, told Mr. Anderson that the new machine has already saved a life.
“She told me that the first pregnant woman to use the machine had said her mind was made up — she was going to have an abortion,” Supreme Knight Anderson related. “But then she had the ultrasound, and as she watched the screen, she looked up at the nurse and said, ’I’m going to keep my baby.’”
Since 2009, state and local councils have teamed up with the Supreme Council for the Order’s Ultrasound Initiative, funding more than 760 ultrasound machines for pro-life pregnancy care centers throughout all 50 states, Canada, Guatemala, Jamaica and Peru. Recently, the Supreme Council also began offering funding for ultrasound machines used in mobile medical units.
The supreme knight expressed hope that the ultrasound machines will help pregnant women decide to keep their babies. “We conservatively estimate that these machines will save the lives of at least 100,000 unborn children this year alone. And these machines will go on saving lives for years to come,” he said.
A Woman’s Haven has been serving women experiencing crisis pregnancies since 2007. The agency is a 501c non-profit organization that will serve anyone regardless of their age, race, citizenship status or religion. To learn more about A Woman’s Haven, please visit AWomansHaven.org
For more information on the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative, please visit kofc.org/ultrasound. To financially support this initiative and other pro-life causes, visit kofc.org/prolife.