Tennessee Governor Dedicates Psalm Ultrasound Machines

Brent Leatherwood (left), the ERLC’s acting president, and Brent Lambert (right), Birth Choice’s executive director, gather with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee at a dedication ceremony in Jackson for an ultrasound machine placed by a grant from the state to the Psalm 139 Project. Source: Baptist Press

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee partnered with the Psalm 139 Project to help place ultrasound machines at pregnancy resource centers across the state of Tennessee.

Lee told an audience gathered at the Birth Choice Center, one of the centers receiving a new ultrasound march, that “[O]ne of the most important pieces of my job is to protect the lives of individuals in Tennessee. … But there’s no one in our state that’s more vulnerable than the unborn. And protecting the unborn is something that has long been in my heart as important for us to do as humans. … It’s long been in [his wife Maria’s] heart as well.”

The ultrasound machine at Birth Choice was one of seven ultrasound machines purchased through a grant of $182,900 from the state of Tennessee given to the Psalm 139 Project, a ministry of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).

Additionally, private gifts were given to help support the staffing and training of personnel at the pregnancy centers on how to use the new technology which will greatly enhance the quality of services they are able to provide to new and nursing mothers.

The ERLC hopes to be able to place an additional 18 ultrasound machines before the conclusion of 2021.

Governor Lee said, “Women in this community need access to care, and they need access to information, and this increases that access because it provides ultrasound services, help services for women in this region and in surrounding countries. So it’s really an increase in access to information around women’s health, and we’re proud to be a part of that.”

Since 2004, the Psalm 139 Project has been working to expand access to care for pregnant and nursing mothers. To learn more about the Psalm 139 Project please visit https://psalm139project.org/.

Source: Baptist Press