By / Feb 15

The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission (CLC) and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) are partnering through the ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project to provide a new ultrasound machine at the Legacy Pregnancy Resource Center in Hobbs, a southeastern New Mexico city that sits just four miles from the Texas border.

Shared commitment to ‘culture of life’

Although abortion was essentially banned in the state of Texas following Roe v. Wade’s reversal and subsequent anti-abortion laws, Katie Frugé, director of Texas Baptists’ Center for Cultural Engagement and the Christian Life Commission, said that the neighboring state of New Mexico remains an option for women seeking abortions.

“We know several abortion-vulnerable women are now traveling out of state to seek services, and we want to help support the crisis pregnancy center in Hobbs as they experience an influx of women in need of support and services,” explained Frugé.

“Texas Baptists proudly affirms the sanctity and dignity of all human life,” Frugé said. “This partnership with the ERLC is the result of our shared commitment to continuing to work to grow a culture of life in a post-Roe world.”

The ERLC added that the abortion industry has targeted Hobbs because of its location and already sees many clients from Texas. With a junior college and a four-year university in the city, Legacy has recently seen an increase in client appointments, averaging about 70 per month. They are excited to see Texas Baptists join forces to resource the city better and provide alternatives to those seeking abortions.

“At the ERLC, we are overjoyed when we can partner with state conventions as we stand for life together. This placement in Hobbs, N.M., in partnership with the BGCT, is unique since the state convention is reaching beyond its borders and giving with a missional mindset to serve their neighbors in an abortion-permissible state,” said Rachel Wiles, director of ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project.

Psalm 139 Project exists to make people aware of the life-saving potential of ultrasound technology in unplanned pregnancy situations and to help pregnancy centers minister to abortion-vulnerable women by providing ultrasound equipment for them to use.

Read the full Texas Baptists article here.

By / Feb 2

HOBBS, N.M. (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s Psalm 139 Project has partnered with the Baptist General Convention of Texas to place an ultrasound at Legacy Pregnancy Resource Center in Hobbs, N.M.

The ultrasound placement highlights the cooperation of Southern Baptists across local churches, state conventions and SBC entities in meeting a specific need in an important location.

“At the ERLC, we are overjoyed when we can partner with state conventions as we stand for life together,” said Rachel Wiles, director of the Psalm 139 Project.

“This placement in Hobbs, in partnership with the BGCT, is unique since the state convention is reaching beyond its borders and giving with a missional mindset to serve their neighbors in an abortion-permissible state.”

I think that’s the beauty of this placement. Many women from Texas are traveling to New Mexico where abortion is permissible. The BGCT is rightly asking the question, ‘How can we support the pro-life movement there?’

Rachel Wiles, director of the Psalm 139 Project

Read the full Baptist Press article here.

By / Nov 21

A powerful, though often overlooked method for helping protect preborn life is to provide a woman in an unplanned pregnancy a “window” into the world of the child she is carrying. Internal statistics from the pro-life ministry Care Net have shown that when women who are still in the process of making a pregnancy decision are offered the option to view their baby’s ultrasound image in a supportive pregnancy center environment, they are much more likely to continue their pregnancy. That’s why in 2001, the ERLC launched the Psalm 139 Project, named after the verses in Scripture that state: 

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Ps. 139: 13-16). 

The purpose of the project is to raise money to provide ultrasound equipment to pregnancy resource centers and provide medical staff with the necessary training for operating the equipment. The initiative also plays a pivotal role in changing perceptions by helping people see that preborn children and mothers with unplanned pregnancies are not abstractions, but individuals made in the image of God and loved by Jesus. The project has received overwhelming response from pregnancy care centers expressing a need for new ultrasound equipment, indicating its positive impact and the demand for such resources. 

The Psalm 139 Project began receiving funds in 2001 and placed the first ultrasound machine in 2004 (the cost of a machine and training is roughly $40,000). Initially, the project funded two to three ultrasound machines per year. But in December 2020, the ERLC announced an ambitious goal to place 50 ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers nationwide by January 2023, which would have been the 50th anniversary of the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision.  Since the beginning of this initiative, over 85 machines have been placed in PRCs and other organizations around the United States. Twelve of those placements occurred thus far in 2023. 

Across this nation, men and women working and volunteering in pregnancy care centers are the real heroes of the pro-life movement. These centers come alongside families facing unplanned pregnancies to educate and empower more women to choose life for their babies. And these centers wouldn’t be able to do this important work without the support of churches within their communities.

Cooperation among Southern Baptists

The Psalm 139 Project also wouldn’t be able to provide life-saving equipment without the generosity of Southern Baptists and partnerships with state conventions. To recognize these efforts, the ERLC gave a Psalm 139 Partner for Life Award to partners who have shown an exceptional commitment to valuing life by supporting those on the front lines of this essential ministry work. In 2023, the ERLC gave the award to: 

  • the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, 
  • the Louisiana Baptist State Convention, 
  • the North Carolina Baptist Convention, 
  • the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, 
  • Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, 
  • and the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia.

These conventions and their churches recognize that Southern Baptists have a greater opportunity to serve families in a post-Roe culture. The ERLC is committed to standing with these partners in protecting life at all stages and will seek to be a leading voice in this next chapter of the pro-life movement. 

In 2024, the Psalm 139 Project will continue to identify and place machines, with an emphasis in placements in abortion-permissible states and provide critical support for those pregnancy centers as abortion tourism continues to bring an increased number of women seeking abortions to these states. 

Culture may change; legislation may change, but the gospel remains the same. At the ERLC, we will continue to proclaim the glory of the gospel, the value of life, and God’s plan for the family. 

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

By / Nov 14

Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 14, 2023 —The Psalm 139 Project, a pro-life ministry of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, in partnership with the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, has donated an ultrasound machine to Hope Center in Greeneville, Tenn.

A dedication ceremony will be held Nov. 17 from 11:00-12:00 p.m. EST at Hope Center located at 314 Tusculum Blvd., Greeneville, TN 37745. Representatives from the ERLC, TBMB and Holston Baptist Association will be in attendance. 

“It is a privilege for the ERLC to partner with the Hope Center in this grassroots, lifesaving work,” said Miles Mullin, vice president of the ERLC. “For over a decade, the dedicated folks at the center have met anxious mothers at their point of need. We know that the placement of this machine will expand that work, minister to more mothers and save more precious lives.”

The Hope Center has been serving Greene County and the surrounding Appalachian Highland area since 1989. This region of eastern Tennessee has a high poverty level with many underserved within these communities. The Hope Center became a medical pregnancy care clinic in 2012 and provides services and support to individuals facing unplanned pregnancies. They are dedicated to promoting the sanctity of human life, sexual purity and strengthening the family unit. This center sees an average of 150 clients per month. 

“It has been a privilege to work with the ERLC and to have applied for and received a grant to purchase a new ultrasound machine along with training through the Psalm 139 Project,” said Pam Crank, executive director of the Hope Center. “The ultrasound machine is one of the greatest tools that we have in our toolbox, especially when dealing with an abortion-minded woman. Statistics tell us that 85 to 90 percent of women who have an ultrasound will choose life for their babies. It’s also a great privilege for the nurses who perform the ultrasounds to be able to introduce moms to their babies for the first time. Having our own trained nurses in-house will enable us to better serve the clients in our community.”

One hundred percent of financial contributions designated to the Psalm 139 Project go toward purchasing ultrasound machines and providing training for workers. No ERLC 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.org.

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 13.6 million members and a network of over 47,000 cooperating churches and congregations. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

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By / Nov 13

Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 13, 2023 —The Psalm 139 Project, a pro-life ministry of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, in partnership with Louisiana Baptists, Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and Northshore Baptist Association, has donated an ultrasound machine to Restoration House Pregnancy Resource Center in Hammond, Louisiana.

A dedication ceremony will be held Nov. 15, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. CST at Restoration House located at 101 S. Spruce St. Hammond, LA, 70403. Multiple partners will be represented at the dedication including:

  • Dr. Steve Horn, executive director, Louisiana Baptists;  
  • Bobby Reed, CFO, ERLC;
  • Dr. Perry Hancock, president and CEO, Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home & Family Ministries;
  • Dr. David Cranford, moderator, Northshore Baptist Association;
  • Hannah Pounds, ERLC Trustee

“The gift of this lifesaving ultrasound machine to Restoration House Pregnancy Resource Center is a fine example of Baptist cooperation in action,” said Brent Leatherwood, president of the ERLC. “It was truly an honor for our Psalm 139 Project to partner alongside Louisiana Baptists, the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, and Northshore Baptist Association in placing this machine. We are confident it will be used throughout the next several years in God-honoring, life-saving ministry to vulnerable women and children.” 

Restoration House Pregnancy Resource Center was founded in 1986 and has served Hammond and surrounding cities for more than 37 years, becoming a long established home in the community. They provide practical support and valuable services to mothers facing unplanned pregnancies and empower women to choose life for their babies. Services are free and confidential including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, access to Education programs and material needs for babies. This center sees more than 600 clients annually.

“Southern Baptists are at our best when we are cooperating,” said Steve Horn with Louisiana Baptists. “That’s why it was an easy ‘yes’ for me when presented with the opportunity to meet a need for a new ultrasound machine for Restoration House in Hammond, Louisiana. The ERLC, the Louisiana Baptist Convention, The Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries, and the Northshore Baptist Association cooperated to bless this local ministry. Louisiana Baptists are committed to repeating this cooperation annually and trust that our cooperation may serve as an exemplary model to be repeated across the nation.” 

One hundred percent of financial contributions designated to the Psalm 139 Project go toward purchasing ultrasound machines and providing training for workers. No ERLC 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.org.

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 13.6 million members and a network of over 47,000 cooperating churches and congregations. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

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By / Aug 29

Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 29, 2023 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 Birth Choice in Jackson, Tenn. 

A dedication ceremony will be held Aug. 31 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. CST at Birth Choice at 391 Wallace Rd. Jackson, Tenn. 38305. Representatives from the ERLC and local community leaders will be in attendance.

“It is a privilege for the ERLC to partner with Birth Choice in the placement of this mobile ultrasound unit,” said Miles Mullin, vice president of the ERLC. “ Over the last three decades, their efforts have borne significant fruit in the five-county area surrounding Jackson. We are thrilled to help them expand to serve more women and families, save more babies, and have more gospel conversations.”

Birth Choice is a pro-life, nonprofit pregnancy medical clinic serving West Tennessee. Since 1989, the ministry has empowered thousands of women and men to choose life for their babies. Their mobile units and clinics in Jackson and Gibson Counties serve over 1,000 clients each year and offer free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, pregnancy and relationship information, parenting classes and material assistance. The mobile units serve Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood and Henderson Counties.

“The new ultrasound machine enables Birth Choice to expand on its mission to reach even more underserved women in our multi-county area,” said Brent Lambert, founder and CEO of Birth Choice in Jackson, Tenn. “Many women in these areas that surround our offices find it difficult to travel the sixty to 150 miles round trip to a pregnancy center, so we have made our three mobile medical units available to them with the help and partnering support of the ERLC. Our mobile units currently travel over 500 miles per week.”

This machine placement was made possible due to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and legislative leaders allocating $283,100 in the 2022-2023 budget for a partnership with the Psalm 139 Project to place life-saving ultrasound machines across the state.
One hundred percent of financial contributions designated to the Psalm 139 Project go toward purchasing ultrasound machines and providing training for workers. No ERLC 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 psalm 139 project.org.

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 13.6 million members and a network of over 47,000 cooperating churches and congregations. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

To request an interview, contact Elizabeth Bristow
by email at [email protected] or call 202-547-0209
 Visit our website at www.erlc.com
Follow us on Twitter at @ERLC.

By / Aug 9

Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2023 —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 The Care Center in Spring City, Tenn.

There will be an open house celebration with tours of the center August 7 beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST followed by a dedication ceremony from 5:00-6:00 p.m. EST at The Care Center located at 250 Neal St. Spring City, Tenn., 37381. Representatives from the ERLC will be in attendance.

“We are grateful to partner with The Care Center to provide an ultrasound machine for their new location in Spring City,” said Carlotta White, ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project placement coordinator. “As this center expands its ministry with an office in northern Rhea County, we are confident that more clients will be served with quality pregnancy care that educates and empowers women to choose life. The Care Center will be a strong source of support for families in years to come.”

The Care Center is located in a small town between Knoxville and Chattanooga and has been serving clients in Dayton, Tenn. for nearly 40 years. The center provides pregnancy testing, limited OB ultrasounds, STI testing, education, mentoring, material support and post-abortion education. Additionally, they have a public school education program that serves middle and high school students in five surrounding counties. 

A second satellite office is located in the northern end of Rhea County. Last year, the Dayton location had over 1,100 client visits, and provided over 200 pregnancy tests and 254 ultrasounds. This new center will further expand The Care Center’s ministry in Spring City and the surrounding areas.

“When we decided to grow our ministry in Spring City by opening in a new location, we knew we were stepping out in faith and trusting the Lord to provide,” said Tiffany Soyster, executive director of The Care Center. “He has provided abundantly. We know that this machine will save lives. We know that God will use this machine to draw people to Him. And we also know that without The Psalm 139 Project, and their willingness to allow God to use them in such a way, this machine would not be a reality for us.”

This machine placement was made possible due to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and legislative leaders allocating $283,100 in the 2022-2023 budget for a partnership with the Psalm 139 Project to place life-saving ultrasound machines across the state.

One hundred percent of financial contributions designated to the Psalm 139 Project go toward purchasing ultrasound machines and providing training for workers. No ERLC 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.org.

By / Jun 23

Washington. D.C., June 23, 2023 —The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention celebrates the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Dobbs v. Jackson’s Womens Health Organization decision and provides support for pro-life ministries through the gift of 27 ultrasound machines in the last year.

In addition to this practical ministry of the Psalm 139 Project, the organization remains focused on advocating for life-affirming policies on a state and national level to better serve mothers and children in a post-Roe era.

‘A New and Vibrant Culture of Life’’

Brent Leatherwood, president of the ERLC, commented on this historic moment:

“One year ago, we witnessed a true turning point for the pro-life movement. More lives were in danger, more mothers were at risk, and more families were targeted. But with the Dobbs decision, that changed. So many pro-life individuals, ministries, and organizations have grown and expanded to serve women and families in need of support. A new and vibrant culture of life is being established in our nation after decades of death caused by Roe v. Wade. That is worth celebrating.

“However, important work remains as abortion providers and the drug manufacturing industry prey upon vulnerable mothers and families in abortion destinations. We believe that every life, from the moment of conception to natural death, is sacred and worthy of our protection––and our strongest advocacy. Far too many lives remain vulnerable and the pro-life movement must continue to rise and meet that challenge.”

Resourcing the Church for this Moment

The Dobbs victory was long awaited and advocated for by the ERLC, significantly through an amicus brief in the case. In addition to the policy and judicial engagement, the ERLC serves churches by providing resources to equip them to minister in a post-Roe environment. Recent resources include:

What is the Psalm 139 Project?

Over the last 12 months, the ERLC has placed or committed to place 27 ultrasound machines to pregnancy resource centers across the country through the life-saving work of the Psalm 139 Project.

Machines have been placed in: California, New York, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Illinois.

The Psalm 139 Project, a pro-life ministry of the ERLC, is focused on aiding pregnancy resource centers in securing ultrasound machines. One hundred percent of financial contributions designated to the Psalm 139 Project go toward purchasing ultrasound machines and providing training for workers. 

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 13.6 million members and a network of over 47,000 cooperating churches and congregations. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

By / Jun 19

Nashville, Tenn., June 15, 2023 —The Psalm 139 Project, a pro-life ministry of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has donated three ultrasound machines to aid in the work of the Pregnancy Resource Center in East Tennessee.

A dedication ceremony will be held June 20 at the Maryville location of the Pregnancy Resource Center at 103 Station Drive, Maryville, Tennessee, 37804. Representatives from the ERLC and local community leaders will be in attendance and the program will begin at 5:45 p.m. EST.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Pregnancy Resource Center as they expand their reach in East Tennessee, sharing the hope of the gospel, as well as communicating life-affirming truth with precious families,” said Rachel Wiles, director of the Psalm 139 Project.

These machine placements were made possible due to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and legislative leaders allocating $283,100 in the 2022-2023 budget for a partnership with the Psalm 139 Project to place life-saving ultrasound machines across the state.

The Pregnancy Resource Center has been serving families in the East Tennessee area for 37 years through their main office in Maryville, the recently opened facility in Sevierville, and their mobile health unit. They serve almost 1,800 families a year and offer an array of medical and support services through a holistic model as they “care deeply about the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of those they encounter.”  

“As our ministry is expanding in leaps and bounds it is critical that we can provide a window into the womb to families facing unexpected pregnancies,” said Valerie Millsaps, the executive director of the Pregnancy Resource Center. “The placement of the ultrasound machines is already at work helping brave families make life decisions for their preborn children.”

One hundred percent of financial contributions designated to the Psalm 139 Project go toward purchasing ultrasound machines and providing training for workers. No ERLC 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, Tennessee, 37203. Learn more at psalm139project.org.

By / Feb 22

Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 22, 2023—The Psalm 139 Project, a pro-life ministry of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, in partnership with the State Baptist Convention of North Carolina, has donated ultrasound machines to two North Carolina  pregnancy resource centers, Hand of Hope Pregnancy Centers and Life Choices of Roxboro.

Todd Unzicker, chief executive officer of the State Baptist Convention of North Carolina commented on the dedications:

“North Carolina Baptists have rejoiced since the Dobbs decision, but we grieve that our state has become an abortion destination. If North Carolina can become a place where the sanctity of life is embraced, it must start with us. That is why NC Baptists celebrate our partnership with the Psalm 139 Project to offer expectant mothers and fathers the opportunity to see the image of God represented in those little noses and toes. These life-saving ultrasound machines are strategic tools to help build a culture of life as we live on mission together.”

Details for dedication ceremonies are below:

Hand of Hope Pregnancy Centers has three locations, serving 1,500 clients in Fuquay Varina, Raleigh and Fayetteville. 

  • Dedication date & time: Friday, Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST 
  • Location: 1522 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Attendees: Bobby Reed (ERLC’s chief financial officer); Traci Griggs (ERLC trustee); Todd Unzicker (chief executive officer of the State Baptist Convention of North Carolina)

Hand of Hope Pregnancy Centers provides services such as:

  • Physician quality pregnancy testing;
  • Ultrasounds;
  • Abortion pill reversal;
  • Life Skills programs; and
  • STI testing.

“Introducing moms and dads to their preborn children through the ultrasound is an absolute life-saving opportunity,” said Tonya Baker Nelson, executive director of Hand of Hope Pregnancy Centers. “Since our pregnancy center is right beside the second largest privately owned abortion clinic in the southeast, the ability to immediately introduce those parents to their children is of utmost importance. We have witnessed the power that technology plays in opening minds and tendering hearts and softening ears to the truth that God has a plan for every single person He creates. The ultrasound is truly a witnessing tool for his truth to be revealed right before their very eyes. Lives will be saved and changed thanks to the placement of this machine through the Psalm 139 Project. A lifetime of thanks would never be enough.”


Life Choices of Roxboro is celebrating 25 years of operating in Person County and serves 225 clients annually. 

  • Dedication date & time: Friday, Feb. 24, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST 
  • Location: 750 Martin St, Roxboro, NC 27573.
  • Attendees: Bobby Reed (ERLC’s chief financial officer) and Todd Unzicker (chief executive officer of the State Baptist Convention of North Carolina)

Life Choices of Roxboro provide services such as:

  • Pregnancy testing;
  • Ultrasounds; 
  • Pregnancy classes;
  • Post-abortion and grief counseling; and
  • Parenting courses.

“Receiving this brand new machine is so exciting for us at Life Choices,” said Susan Bailey, executive director of Life Choices. “We want to thank the Psalm 139 Project, the SBC and NC State Convention for providing this invaluable resource. We know how important ultrasound is in the decision making process and that is why we are thrilled to be able to offer this service to our clients. To God be the glory.”