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Life Services of Spokane has new ultrasound machine, thanks in part to Washington Knights of Columbus Councils
Story and photo by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff
(From the Sept. 9, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)
From left: Annette Miller, executive director of Life Services of Spokane, and Roseann and Frank Tyson, Washington State Knights of Columbus Prolife Couple. (IR photo)
On the afternoon of Aug. 18, a commissioning ceremony and reception were held at Life Services of Spokane on north Ash St. for a new, state-of-the art ultrasound machine.
Delivery of a large flat-screen monitor was expected soon. The machine, when used for obstetrics, provides invaluable information about a woman’s pregnancy and her growing baby.
Present at the commissioning ceremony were Annette Miller, executive director of Life Services of Spokane, and Frank and Roseann Tyson, Knights of Columbus Washington State ProLife Couple.
The Tysons, of Sammamish, Wash., oversee the state Knights of Columbus’ “Ultrasound for Life” program, and were instrumental in organizing delivery of the new equipment.
Miller said that today’s high-tech ultrasound scanning of the uterus presents an amazingly clear on-screen view of the developing infant. “In a very high percentage of cases, when a woman is undecided about abortion, seeing the ultrasound image of her baby leads her to reject the idea of abortion,” she said.
The new ultrasound machine was to be blessed at a later date by Father Miguel Meija, Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Half the funds to pay for the new ultrasound machine were raised by over 30 Knights of Columbus Councils in the State of Washington, and by 4US, an all-volunteer charity based in Tacoma, Wash.
4US was founded in October 2004 and is directed by Diego and Kimberly Wendt. Frank Tyson serves on the organization’s board.
Of the Knights Councils, the major contributor was Father Treunet Council 3611 in Anacortes, Wash. The other half of the funds came from the national Knights of Columbus office in Connecticut through its new Ultrasound Initiative.
4US and the Knights of Columbus have been able to purchase six ultrasound machines which will be installed over the next five months throughout Washington. By the end of 2010, 13 machines will have been provided to prolife pregnancy care centers in Washington, including Pierce and King Counties and the cities of Olympia, Yakima, and Spokane.
All this is no minor accomplishment. For $31,000, 4US can deliver an ultrasound machine, training, and big screen monitor in a package valued at $67,000.
The sole mission of 4US is to raise the funds needed to provide pro-life pregnancy care centers with ultrasound machines.
According to the 4US website, “History shows that the connection made between a pregnant woman and her baby during an ultrasound is an important step to keeping abortions rare. In fact, upon seeing tiny fingers and toes and being assured of receiving entirely free support as long as it was needed, 96 percent chose to deliver the baby.”
To learn more, visit www.4us.org.