A few weeks ago the board and I had a meeting with another pregnancy center director to pick her brain about going medical and offering ultrasounds. We, as a board and staff, are taking the first steps towards seeing this vision for our ministry come to fruition. We knew we had a lot of questions that needed to be answered so we went to this seasoned director for answers. It was during this meeting that I found out that we had received incorrect information at an earlier time. I shared this information, which I believed to be a fact, at our last banquet. Today I want to set the record straight and apologize for my stating incorrect information. It was not done to deceive.
We were told that Michigan has a law that a woman has to have an ultrasound 24-48 hours before receiving an abortion. That is not correct. I’m thanking God that He brought the truth to light so I could clear it up. At the time when I had received this incorrect information, I had asked “why would an abortion minded women want an ultrasound?” It did not make sense in my mind that a woman who was seeking an abortion would care to see an ultrasound. I now know why, and it is imperative for pregnancy centers to share these reasons with the community.
Many women do not know for sure they are pregnant and many may even be in denial about it. They can be farther along than they are willing to admit. The ultrasound will confirm the pregnancy and show how far along it is. A mother needs to know this as she is weighing out her options. There is also the possibility of tubal or ectopic pregnancies. These pose a danger to the woman and she needs to know so she can seek immediate treatment for it. There is also the sad fact that 10-20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage before the 9 week. “Miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. About 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. But the actual number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn't realize she's pregnant.” A mother who has taken a pregnancy test that confirmed a positive outcome may later find by ultrasound that she is no longer carrying a child.
The last thing I want to mention is the role that God plays in changing the parent/parents heart towards life when they see their child on the ultrasound. These children are alive, growing, and made in the image of God. When the parents see the reality of this on the ultrasound screen, up to 95% of them change their hearts towards life.
This has been a very painful and yet maturing lesson for me to learn. This misconception about the law and ultrasound is commonly known and spoke of in pro-life circles. Where did it start? I don’t have the answer, but I believe those who speak it do so not knowing the truth of the law. Please forgive me for this. I will work diligently at checking all “facts” before speaking them going forward. It is always my goal to speak the truth and to never bring harm to this ministry.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight
 Mayo Clinic Staff, “Miscarriage- Overview,” Mayo Clinic (July 20, 2016): 1, accessed August 31, 2016,http://www.mayoclinic.org/.