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Ultrasound Initiative

Councils provide funds to Pregnancy Care Centers for New Medical Technology

Through the Ultrasound Initiative, since 2009, state and local Knights of Columbus councils have teamed up with the Supreme Council to fund over 752 ultrasound machines, costing over $36 million, for placement in pro-life pregnancy care centers (PCCs) in all 50 states, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Peru.


The sophistication of today's medical technology provides a "window on the womb" said Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson.  "Even from the early stages of pregnancy, a mother can see her developing child, hear the baby's heartbeat, and to recognize the miracle of the new life within her."

Ultrasound exams which are medically indicated throughout pregnancy for a variety of diagnostic reasons, use ultrasound waves to scan a women's abdomen, creating a picture, or "sonogram," of the baby in her womb.  Without the K of C support, most PCCs would be unable to purchase an ultrasound machine, which usually costs tens of thousands of dollars, or a vehicle to serve as a mobile medical unite, often costing from $100,000 to $250,000.

State and local councils desiring to participate in the Ultrasound Initiative should refer to the Ultrasound Initiative Guidelines (#4885) for program requirements.  Councils must raise half of the funds for purchase of an ultrasound machine, or all of the funds for purchase of a vehicle outfitted as a mobile medical unit, before submitting an Ultrasound Initiative Application (#4886) to the Supreme Council Office for funding.  The answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (See Guidebook) provide additional information about the funding programs.

Before any fundraising begins, review Qualifying a Pregnancy Care Center in Collaboration with the Local Diocese (#9885).  Them  present the Diocesan Evaluation (#4884) to the diocesan culture of life director.  After being completed and signed by the diocesan culture of life director, the Diocesan Evaluation form should be submitted to the Culture of Life Office at the Supreme Council Office.  After the Culture of Life Office advises that the PCC may be considered for inclusion in the Ultrasound Initiative program, fundraising may then begin, provided that the council and the PCC will also meet each of the other criteria listed in the Ultrasound Initiatives Guidelines.

The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative seeks to provide medically certified pro-life PCCs with the modern technology to monitor the health of babies in utero and to allow mothers to visually experience their development.

The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound initiative provides two options for funding purchase of ultrasound equipment for a PCC:

Ultrasound Machine Funding: When a state an/or local Knights of Columbus council raises 50% of the cost of purchasing an ultrasound machine, the Supreme Council will provide a grant for the other 50% of the machine's cost.

Ultrasound-Equipped Mobil Unit Funding: When a state and/or local council raises the funds necessary to cover the full costs of a vehicle that is outfitted to house an ultrasound machine, the Supreme Council will provide a grant equal to 50% of the cost of the ultrasound machine that is to be used in the vehicle (provided the funds raised for the purchase/outfitting of the vehicle are equal to at least 50% of the cost of the ultrasound machine).  Depending on the cost of the vehicle and the amount of funds raised, the Supreme Council will also provide additional funds, up to 50% of the remaining cost of the ultrasound machine, potentially covering up to 100% of the cost of the machine. Refer to examples for illustrative purposes provided in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of the guidebook.


Pregnancy Help in collaboration with the Maternal Fetal Medicine team at GSMC gathered this week as Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap blessed an ultrasound machine that was donated to Pregnancy Help by the Massachusetts State and Supreme Council Knights of Columbus and The Catholic Health Foundation.
Plaque with KOC logo; Donated to Pregnancy Help, Thanks to the generous support of the Massachusetts State and Supreme Council KOC and The Catholic Health Foundation.

Pictured above: Lucy Bayer, MD, Division of Chief of MFM; Paul O'Sullivan and Paul Flanagan, Knights of Columbus representatives; Cardinal Sean O'Malley; and Harry Bane.

First Responders Train With Ultrasounds in Foxborough

Click to watch NBC Boston's coverage.
First responders in Foxborough, Massachusetts, will soon be first in the state to carry a new device that has the potential to save lives.
(Published Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018 | Credit: Abbey Niezgoda)

Take your first steps!

  1. Locate a PCC that is prepared to receive and use an ultrasound machine or an ultrasound-equipped mobile unit.
  2. Present a Diocesan Evaluation (#9884) to the Diocesan Culture of Life Director to determine if the PCC meets the practical, moral and religious criteria for inclusion in the Ultrasound Initiative.
  3. Determine that the PCC will be able to staff and operate the ultrasound machine and.or ultrasound-equipped mobile unit. This will include assuring that:
      1. the center is properly licensed under state and local laws and regulations to operate an ultrasound machine,
      2. the center is affiliated with a medical doctor who is willing to oversee the ultrasound machine operations,
      3. the machine will be staffed with licensed and experienced medical personnel,
      4. the center has adequate insurance for operation of the machine,

    (If a mobile unit only)

    1. the mobile unit will be properly licensed under state and local laws and regulations to operate as an ultrasound-equipped mobile unite, and
    2. the mobile unite will be adequately insured for operation.

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