By Tom Strode
MARYVILLE — Pregnancy Resource Center in Maryville held the first dedication ceremony Oct. 21 for an ultrasound machine placed as the result of a partnership between the Psalm 139 Project and the state of Tennessee.
The Psalm 139 Project, a ministry of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), received a grant of $182,900 from the state this year to place seven ultrasound machines at pro-life pregnancy centers in Tennessee. Through Psalm 139, the ERLC helps provide ultrasound technology to pregnancy centers and train staff members in its use.
The grant was part of a $42.6 billion budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year that the Tennessee legislature passed and Gov. Bill Lee signed into law in May. The grant called for the Psalm 139 Project to identify pregnancy centers for the ultrasound machines and to make placements at those locations. Private gifts to Psalm 139 will fund the training of staff in the use of the machines.
Elizabeth Graham, the ERLC’s vice president of operations and life initiatives, said she is “especially grateful for the generous partnership between our state leaders and the Psalm 139 Project so we can serve centers like Pregnancy Resource Center with these life-saving machines at no cost to them. We will continue to advocate for the vulnerable until abortion becomes illegal, unthinkable and unnecessary across the world.” [Read more…]