Free mobile ultrasound unit to service NYC

NEW YORK, N.Y. — A New York pregnancy care center is expanding its reach on unlikely territory by launching a new mobile ultrasound lab, which will be rotated among half a dozen or so abortion clinics.

"Today marks a dramatic new chapter in the pro-life movement's efforts to reach out in compassion to women about to obtain an abortion," Chris Slattery, founder and president of Expectant Mother Care, said in a news release.

Operation Frontline, launched Feb. 27, will operate six days a week with a full-time ultrasound technician and a bi-lingual crisis pregnancy counselor. The equipment is housed in a renovated, late model, 32-foot motor home. Services will be free.

In co-ordination with local pro-life sidewalk counselors, EMC will offer free ultrasounds, hot drinks, and friendly compassionate crisis counseling to all pregnant women on their way into the clinics.

"We anticipate a great response to our offers of free pregnancy tests, counseling, and ultrasound, as women will be offered a judgment-free space to reflect on their impending abortion without heavy pressure or coercion," Slattery said. "Women will be offered free group housing, free pre-natal care, and material aid, as well as professional adoption counseling, besides an offer of a free ultrasound."

The project is believed to be the first of its kind in a major city. According to the State of New York Department of Health, more than 88,000 abortions were reported citywide in 2005.

With 15 operational sites, Expectant Mother Care, also known as EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers, is New York City's oldest and largest network of crisis pregnancy centers and pro-life health clinics.

Published, April 2007