Church-Supported Pregnancy Center in Western Racine County Unloads Ultrasound Equipment to Discourage Abortions | Local news


BURLINGTON – For a girl or young woman trying to decide whether or not to continue with an unplanned pregnancy, seeing sometimes makes all the difference.

Life Choices, a pregnancy counseling center, will soon allow a client to see inside her uterus using a newly acquired ultrasound machine.

Operators at the church-backed center at 324 N. Pine St. hope that ultrasound images of a fetus will persuade clients to continue with unplanned pregnancies and not to have an abortion.

Renee Meinholz, executive director of the center, said ultrasound equipment would be a valuable tool in trying to deter abortions.

“People don’t realize the miracle that’s happening inside,” Meinholz said. “When we show them that it’s a life changing experience. “


The purchase of the new equipment was made possible by a donation of $ 38,000 from the Knights of Columbus, a service club associated with the Catholic Church.

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The Knights of Columbus has funded Life Choices for years, including donations that allow the pregnancy center to extend its hours of operation from part-time to full-time.

Curt Stang and Chad Novasic, both of the Knights of Columbus Council 15665, and Renee Meinholz and Keith Pollek, both of Life Choices, celebrate a $ 38,000 donation to the Life Choices Pregnancy Counseling Center in Burlington.


Adviser machine

the center advises around 100 girls and young women each year, usually between 14 and 29 years old.

U.S. Supreme Court justices have begun hearing arguments over whether to uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. Hundreds of people gathered outside the court, with pro and anti-abortion activists separated by barriers.

Chad Novasic, grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council 15665 in Burlington, said the ultrasound device will help the pregnancy center counsel young people who are sometimes devastated by unplanned pregnancies.

If a couple are considering terminating a pregnancy, Novasic said, seeing a picture of a fetus can convince them to continue with the pregnancy.

“It helps them make decisions and feel comfortable with it,” he said.

The three-dimensional ultrasound device, delivered Wednesday, is similar to the equipment used in hospitals and clinics for medical care. At Life Choices, it will be used strictly to advise clients on family planning decisions.

The center is not a clinic, but offers parenting classes, adoption referrals, pregnancy tests and other services. All services are free.

Through a national faith-based organization called Care Net, the Burlington facility is affiliated with other Life Choices centers in Kenosha, Elkhorn and Delavan. Some of the other centers already have ultrasound equipment.

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The Burlington center plans to start offering ultrasound services by March, after a nurse is hired and trained to operate the device.

Meinholz, who served as executive director for eight years, said the Knights of Columbus donation will take the center to a new level of community service.

“It’s a huge thing for us,” she said.


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