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ERLC’s pro-life ministry, The Psalm 139 Project, dedicates ultrasound machine to pregnancy resource center in Maryville, Tennessee

Placement is part of partnership with Tennessee governor & state legislative leaders to place ultrasound machines across state

October 20, 2021

Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 20, 2021—The Psalm 139 Project, a pro-life ministry of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has donated an ultrasound machine to Pregnancy Resource Center in Maryville, Tenn., as a part of a strategic partnership with Gov. Bill Lee (R-Tenn.) and Tennessee state legislative leaders to place life-saving ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers across the state. 

The machine was placed at Pregnancy Resource Center in mid-September, and the center will host a dedication ceremony, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. EST at their location, 103 Station Drive, Maryville, Tenn., 37804.

The partnership between the ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project and Tennessee represents a total investment of $183,000 to place machines across the state. One hundred percent of financial contributions to the Psalm 139 Project go toward purchasing ultrasound machines and training for their use.

“Our ability to partner with Pregnancy Resource Center in Maryville holds a special place in my heart as this is my hometown and a community I’ve grown up in since childhood,” said Elizabeth Graham, ERLC vice president of operations and life initiatives. “I’m confident the wonderful staff at Pregnancy Resource Center will provide life-saving care and the hope of the gospel to vulnerable women and preborn babies across East Tennessee. I am 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.”

Pregnancy Resource Center opened in 1986 and is a medical pregnancy clinic providing pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, sexually transmitted disease testing and support programs. They average around 25-35 patients a week and also have a mobile medical unit that serves the surrounding counties. They see approximately 1,200 clients per year.

“As we are about to embark on an expansion of our ministry, it is critical that we are able to provide a window into the womb to families facing unexpected pregnancies,” said Pregnancy Resource Center Executive Director Valerie Millsapps. “The placement of this ultrasound machine is already at work helping brave families make life decisions for their preborn children.”

ERLC’s Elizabeth Graham will be present at the dedication service along with local pastors and other community leaders.

The ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project focuses on aiding pregnancy resource centers by securing ultrasound machines and providing training for their use. The centers use the machines in their life-saving work to support women and families in crisis pregnancy situations, helping many to make the choice for life.

One hundred percent of financial contributions designated to the Psalm 139 Project go toward purchasing ultrasound machines and providing training for workers. No Cooperative Program resources are used for these machines. Tax-deductible gifts may be made online to The Psalm 139 Project, or via check to ERLC, 901 Commerce Street, Nashville, Tenn., 37203. Learn more at psalm139project.com.

Elizabeth Bristow

Elizabeth Bristow serves as the Press Secretary. Elizabeth oversees press and media operations for the organization. She received a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Union University in 2010. She and her husband reside in Lebanon, Tennessee and are blessed with two beautiful children. Read More by this Author