A massage chair? iPad-controlled music and lighting? Sonograms that are sent directly and automatically to a physician? These are just a few of the jaw-dropping features that Joe Baker of Save the Storks excitedly enumerated during a casual phone conversation last week. When I asked him what was so special about the new Stork bus, I wasn’t prepared for his answer.
In the past, the pro-life movement has sometimes lagged behind up-to-date marketing, technology, and outreach technologies. Save the Storks, along with other impressive technological endeavors like the iIncarnate app and Online for Life, has firmly and definitively put that stigma to rest. The newly-released video below explains how the pro-life movement, affected by technology, is changing.
Joe explained how the Stork buses, which are a specially-designed and fuel-efficient version of the Mercedez Sprinter with a diesel engine, are created from the inside-out specifically with a pregnant woman’s comfort in mind. (As a pregnant woman living in a world that is not usually designed for our convenience, I can vouch for how great this is.) “The vehicle is designed to be atmosphere controlled,” he said. “It blocks out sound, and on the iPad we check the girls in on, we can change the temperature and lighting, the music playing, everything. We can even turn on the girl’s massage chair.”
The sonogram system in the Stork buses is also state-of-the-art. They are emailed automatically to a cooperating physician who will review them promptly. “If there’s something wrong with the baby,” Joe says for example, “then it gets reviewed and addressed right away.”
Stork buses are very different from typical, traditional “sonogram RVs,” which are overly large, often not in compliance with zoning restrictions (making it difficult to maneuver and operate in the crowded urban areas where abortion mills tend to be situated), and carry many features that are unnecessary and non-conducive to the needs of a mobile pregnancy clinic. The Stork bus is much smaller, sleek, and designed to carry solely what is needed to carry out sonogram and counseling services needed.
Save the Storks partners their buses with nationally-known pregnancy centers, and their goal is to eventually have a bus in every major city. To find out more, visit their website here and their Facebook page here.