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Tennessee partners with ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project to place ultrasound machines across the state

May 17, 2021

Nashville, Tenn., May 17, 2021—Gov. Bill Lee and state legislative leaders in Tennessee have asked the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to identify pregnancy resource centers across the state to receive life-saving ultrasound machines through the Psalm 139 Project, a pro-life ministry of the organization.

With the governor’s signing off the 2021-2022 budget, the Psalm 139 Project will receive a total grant of $183,000 to place machines in Tennessee. One hundred percent of financial contributions to the Psalm 139 Project go toward purchasing ultrasound machines and providing training for workers.

“The ERLC has a long track record of placing life-saving ultrasound machines in centers that serve women and families,” said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “We are humbled to be asked to identify clinics across Tennessee with this request and now that Gov. Lee has signed this budget, we will do just that.”

“The Psalm 139 Project allows the ERLC the honor of aiding pregnancy resource centers by securing ultrasound machines and providing training for their staff,” said Elizabeth Graham, ERLC’s vice president of operations and life initiatives. “For us, as Christians, we do this work because we believe, as the Psalmist writes, that every person is fearfully and wonderfully made and known by God from the very beginning.” 

In 2020, the ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project placed an ultrasound machine at Palmetto Women’s Center in Rock Hill, S.C.; Mosaic Sexual Health Clinic in Tallahassee, Florida; and another ultrasound machine at Care Net Pregnancy Center of Las Cruces in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The ERLC announced in December 2020 that the Psalm 139 Project would be donating 10 ultrasound machines to pregnancy resource centers across the country. This is the most machines the ERLC has ever placed at a given time. 

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and all of its subordinate ministries are accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Tax-deductible gifts may be made to ERLC, 901 Commerce Street, Nashville, Tenn., 37203. Learn more at psalm139project.com

Jill Waggoner

Jill Waggoner serves as Content Editor, writing and developing content for the organization's online and print resources, as well as assisting with public relations. She has served the ERLC since 2005 primarily in the areas of PR and marketing, as well as serving as Brand Manager for Global Hunger Relief from … Read More