|10/28/2012 11:01:00 AM|
Knights help provide 'window to womb'
ASTORIA — The Knights of Columbus from four cities along the Oregon and Washington coasts teamed up to fund a new ultrasound machine for a pro-life pregnancy resource center here.
The instrument, with high definition screen and sensitive microphone, offers a clear color image of unborn children and magnifies the sound of the small beating heart.
"We call it a window into the womb," says a delighted Patty Dunn, executive director of Pregnancy Resource Center Door of Hope in Astoria.
The Knights are also paying for a high-definition screen that will hang on the wall.
One young father was brought in to see the image of his unborn child. He exclaimed in wonder at what he saw and heard. The machine is used by the center's nurses on average four times per week.
"This is more conformation to these woman — and men — that this is a baby," Dunn says.
Door of Hope is the only pro-life pregnancy resource center for an hour in any direction. By contrast, the region has 14 centers that perform abortions.
The Knights from Astoria, Seaside, Raymond, Wash. and Hoquiam, Wash. raised $13,000 which was matched by the national Knights' office. The Knights gave $3,500 for a new monitor and training for the nurses.
A ribbon cutting ceremony at the center Oct. 20 drew dozens of Knights and supporters.
Ron Craig, a Knight from South Bend, Wash., saw an article about the Catholic fraternal organization's national ultrasound machine fund and began rounding up support. He knew his own small council could not raise the funds alone, so contacted other Knights in the coastal region.
"I get angry and emotional about the fact that we are killing 50 million babies per year," Craig says.