Ultrasound technology is an imaging technique that uses a probe to transmit high-frequency sound waves into the body that return to form a two, three or four-dimensional image on the machine. This window into the uterus, and the developing baby, has revolutionized the care pregnant women receive.
First developed in the 1960's, ultrasound machines didn't become widespread until the 1980s.
In 2004, Focus on the Family added a powerful new outreach to its ministry called the Option Ultrasound Program (OUP). OUP provides grants to qualifying pregnancy centers to enable them to convert to medical clinics, to obtain ultrasound equipment and to train medical staff.
"In ten years, Option Ultrasound has provided 625 grants for ultrasound machines or top-quality sonography training — in all 50 states and one international grant in Romania — that have enhanced maternal and fetal health," says Kelly Rosati, senior director of OUP. "As a result, we estimate that since 2004, more than 230,000 women have changed their minds about having an abortion, choosing life for their babies!"
By allowing women to make an educated and informed decision, "ultrasound has been an irreplaceable tool that has helped women have a window into their womb and bond with their preborn children," Rosati says.
Focus on the Family collects stories of women and babies whose lives were changed forever. Venetta from Montana says, "When I saw my baby for the first time, she looked just like a precious little Teddy Graham. I fell in love right then. 'It' was real now, and I was excited to see there was a tiny little person in there. After the ultrasound, instead of wanting anything but a baby, I wanted nothing but my baby."
Looking down the road, technology may continue to be one of the best tools for advancing a pro-life message. As Rosati explains, "Ultrasound has been a window to the womb. It has helped cut through the fog of misleading information regarding choice and autonomy."
And, ultrasound gives women the truth: Abortion involves two people, not just one.