Last month, pro-life leaders and enthusiasts gathered in Providence to celebrate the dedication of a new mobile clinic that will begin offering women throughout Rhode Island free ultrasounds and pregnancy testing. The work of the mobile clinic (named Ancora Women’s Mobile Care Center, and housed in a converted van) is made possible largely through donations from the North American Catholic Educational Programming Foundation, and the Knights of Columbus.
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In the dedication ceremony, Bishop J. Tobin performed a blessing for the mobile clinic. “It will be a wonderful resource for the pro-life ministry in our community and I have no doubt that the lives of unborn children will be saved because of that new vehicle,” he remarked during the noon mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. The dedication ceremony was performed outside of the Cathedral.
According to the Rhode Island Catholic, fundraising for the mobile clinic began over two years ago and and not much progress was felt initially:
“The van cost close to $150,000 to purchase and outfit for medical use, as well as an additional $50,000 to staff and maintain. Costs include an ultrasound unit, a seating area and couch for the woman receiving services and a nurse sonographer to provide the ultrasounds.”
Susan Baker, a registered nurse who will serve as sonographer of the mobile clinic, stated she is confident the new clinic will save many babies’ lives and will empower the pro-life community to better support women in life-affirming decisions.
The mobile clinic was named Ancora after Hebrews 6:19 which states, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”