An abortion clinic’s worst nightmare: State-of-the-art pro-life ultrasound centers, gone mobile
By Peter Baklinski | Lifesitenews.com
Now one pro-life innovator, Joe Baker, founder and president of Save the Storks, believes he has found the answer: A mobile, fully-equipped, state-of-the-art medical center custom fitted into a Mercedes-Benz van, parked directly between the woman and the abortion clinic.
“Our mission is just to serve and to present the option to make a decision for life,” Baker told LifeSiteNews.com.
Bakers’ vans sport an image of a large stork flying with a wrapped bundle in its beak, with the words “Save the Storks” written in large letters across the side of the van.
According to Baker, the image of the large bird carrying a bundled baby breaks down barriers, since for many people, the stork has a comforting and somewhat nostalgic connection to motherhood and pregnancy.
The interior of the vans are equipped with massage chairs, an examination table, a toilet for pregnancy testing, and an ultrasound machine. They are designed to create a comfortable and confidential space in which an abortion-minded woman will feel welcomed and safe.
Everything is state-of-the-art, down to the iPad that controls various van functions.
The strategy is simple: park the van in front of the abortion clinic, or as closely as legally possible. Warmly offer women heading for the abortion clinic free services including professional consultation, a pregnancy test, and a sonogram if needed.
So far, the strategy is proving wildly successful: Three out of five women who board a Stork van choose to keep their baby, says the organization.
Each Stork crew, consisting of three to five people, includes councilors and a licensed sonographer. When an abortion-minded woman enters the van she is presented with the three possible choices before her: parenting, adoption, or abortion. Counselors go through each option, telling the woman how each decision could impact her.
“All of the counseling on the bus is really about the impact to ‘her’, how it’s going to be so much more beneficial to ‘her’ if she chooses one of the first two options,” said Baker.
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