Psalm 139 Project Gives Ultrasound Machine to Two Pregnancy Resource Centers in Birmingham, Alabama

ERLC President Russell Moore gathers around a new ultrasound machine given through the Psalm 139 Project to North Jefferson Women’s Center in Fultondale, Ala., with pregnancy resource center directors (from left) Angie Cantrell of St. Clair County Save-A-Life Ministry, Julie McLendon of North Jefferson Women’s Center and Lisa Hogan of Vestavia Save-A-Life Ministry. Photo by Eric Mayo/ERLC

The Psalm 139 Project’s latest placement of an ultrasound machine benefited not one but two pregnancy resource centers in the Birmingham, Ala., area.

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), joined pregnancy center directors and church and community leaders April 26 in placement and dedication ceremonies for a new ultrasound machine at North Jefferson Women’s Center in Fultondale, a northern suburb of Birmingham. The machine’s placement and the training that accompanies it were made possible by gifts to the Psalm 139 Project, the ERLC’s ministry to help place sonogram technology in pro-life pregnancy centers across the country.

The gift enabled North Jefferson Women’s Center to donate its previous ultrasound machine to St. Clair County Sav-A-Life Ministry, a center in Springville, which is northeast of Birmingham.

Moore said during the dedication ceremony at North Jefferson Women’s Center his prayer for the day is “that every time that the hum of that ultrasound is heard, that God would hear a prayer from all of us for that woman; for that man, whether he’s there or not; for that child; and for all of the people who will be part of their stories.”

Julie McClendon, executive director of the North Jefferson Women’s Center, said in an ERLC news release before the ceremonies, “We are so thankful to God who multiplies gifts. By blessing us with this new ultrasound machine, the Psalm 139 Project allows us to bless our friends at St. Clair Sav-A-Life with a machine of their own, so together we can serve more women in crisis.”

In a video shown at an earlier program hosted April 26 by Gardendale First Baptist Church, McLendon said the center’s staff and supporters are “very excited” about the new machine because of the difference it makes when an image of an unborn child is viewed.

At North Jefferson, “when a young lady or young man is abortion determined, and they see an ultrasound, 50 percent of the time they change their mind and choose to carry their child,” she said. “When a couple is undecided about their pregnancy and they see that ultrasound, 90 percent of the time they choose to carry their child.”

Angie Cantrell, executive director of St. Clair County Save-A-Life, described it as “an exciting time” for a center that has not had a sonogram machine since it began seeing clients 17 years ago.

“We have been praying about ultrasound actually from the very beginning,” she said at the dedication ceremony. “There were a lot of unknowns that we were dealing with when we first made that decision to offer ultrasound. And God has just opened the door.”

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Source: Baptist Press