Virginia Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Program

Bishop Loverde blesses a new ultrasound machine donated by the councils of District 18 to the 1st Choice Women's Health Center in Landsdowne, Virginia on May 15, 2013.

On January 22, 2009, the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand, the Knights of Columbus launched a new initiative aimed at providing women considering abortion a new way of viewing the life within them.


On that day, the K of C Supreme Council matched funds raised by Knights in Florida and Iowa to provide two pregnancy care centers complete funding for the acquisition of ultrasound machines that will help the centers to provide for the health of both mother and child.


Since then, K of C councils in 45 of the 50 states have donated 350 ultrasound machines to local pregnancy centers, at a total cost of nearly $10.5 million dollars.


The Virginia State Council donated the first ultrasound machine in the Old Dominion in

June, 2010, at the Tepeyac Family Center in Fairfax.


To date, Virginia Knights have donated fourteen ultrasound machines to pregnancy centers throughout the state, including Roanoke, Richmond, Newport News, Front Royal, and Prince William and Loudoun Counties. They also provided a machine to A Best Choice Mobile Ultrasound and Pregnancy Resource Center, the only mobile ultrasound and pregnancy resource center in the D.C. area, which focuses on the 15 colleges and universities in the metropolitan region. Three more ultrasounds will be presented soon.


Pregnancy Centers that have received Virginia Knights of Columbus ultrasound machines include:


Blue Ridge Women’s Center, Roanoke (

1st Choice Women’s Health Center, Landsdowne (

A Best Choice Mobile Ultrasound and Pregnancy Center, Woodbridge (

Front Royal Pregnancy Center (

Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center, Newport News (

Pregnancy Resource Center of Metro Richmond (




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