GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley Pregnancy Center is celebrating its grand re-opening under the name of Life Options on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., located at 100 E. Third Street in Grandview.
No longer just a pregnancy consultation center, Life Options has become a medical facility as well, with the help of a program called Option Ultrasound.
Created and funded by Focus on the Family in 2004, Option Ultrasound enables pregnancy resource centers across the country to apply for and receive grants for ultrasound services.
Focus on the Family developed the program based on the results of a survey on the effectiveness of ultrasound examinations in unplanned pregnancies.
After speaking with 334 centers, findings indicated that 57 percent of women considering abortion chose to carry their babies to term after receiving counseling. That number rose to 79 percent when women saw an ultrasound image of their baby.
The results were supported by a survey from The Polling Company and CareNet, a national organization that provides professional assistance and other aid to pregnancy resource centers.
Having polled more than 800 women across the nation, the survey showed that nearly nine in 10 women believe that ultrasound access is an important priority in women's health, especially for women with unplanned pregnancies.