ASTORIA — The William J. Leahy Knights of Columbus, Council 1307, recently presented the Coast Pregnancy Clinic in Astoria with funds to purchase a new ultrasound machine valued at $32,500.

The clinic has ordered the new machine and hopes to have it in use in November.

Oregon Knights of Columbus District 16 Deputy Jerry Lencioni said it took about six months for the council to raise funds, primarily from parishioners at the St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Astoria.

“It was our responsibility to raise about $9,000,” Lencioni said. “I guess we did something right and we delivered a check for $22,063.”

Lencioni said the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council chipped in $16,500 and the organization 4US — which raises funds to purchase ultrasound machines — added another $8,000.

“It was a fun project and I think we could have topped $30,000 if it weren’t for the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on Mass attendance,” Lencioni said.

A major goal of the Knights of Columbus, an international Catholic men’s fraternal organization, is to provide ultrasound machines to clinics, so women who are considering an abortion can see their baby.

According to the Coast Pregnancy Center’s website, its mission is that, “every woman – and every couple – facing pregnancy will be informed and have all the information they need to make the best decision for them.”

Knights of Columbus councils have purchased more than 1,000 ultrasound machines nationwide.

Oregon Knights of Columbus State Deputy Ray Prom said fundraising programs to purchase ultrasound machines are underway in Redmond, Bend, Lebanon and Grants Pass.

“Every year, Oregon Knights purchase from two to four machines,” Prom said.

The ultrasound in Astoria is actually the second one provided to the Coast Pregnancy Clinic by the Knights of Columbus. The first unit was purchased 10 years ago.

Paul is publicity chairman for the Oregon Knights of Columbus.