By GIGI MEYERS, Special to the Bulletin | Published January 22, 2015
ATLANTA—In an effort to expand its reach to women in metro Atlanta who do not have access to pregnancy care, the Pregnancy Aid Clinic now has a mobile unit.
The traveling clinic, which first took to the road in January 2014, is a refurbished RV that not only provides free pregnancy testing and ultrasound exams performed by a trained technician, but also mentoring and advocacy. Through the use of a zip code search, visitors to the clinic are referred to additional pregnancy services at centers closest to their homes.
The 29-foot motor home was purchased new and was improved to include an ultrasound room. The mobile unit is manned by two staff members, and travels to five different locations in the Atlanta area Tuesday through Saturday.
Site locations currently include College Park, Marietta, Morrow, North Druid Hills, and south Atlanta. Locations are reviewed every 90 days to measure the level of traffic and determine the areas of greatest need.
The mobile clinic has been an incredible success in reaching pregnant women, many who are of lower income, and feel they do not have options other than abortion.
According to the clinic director, Alix Shattuck, this extension of the Pregnancy Aid Clinic has aided in saving countless unborn lives, while exposing mothers to the beauty and comfort of God’s love and mercy. The clinic is located at 411 King Arnold St., Hapeville.
The mobile clinic was made possible by proceeds from the 2013 “Life is Beautiful” Gala sponsored by the Sovereign Order of Malta Federal Association Atlanta region. Partners with the Pregnancy Aid Clinic for the past five years, members of Malta’s Atlanta region host the annual gala to promote the mission of the clinic to offer emotional, financial and spiritual support, so women with limited access to health care feel empowered to choose life for their newborns.
This year’s gala will be Thursday evening, Feb. 19, in McDonough Hall of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 4465 Northside Drive, in Atlanta.
The gala will include cocktails, a sit-down dinner, and a wine raffle. The order of Malta is honored to welcome Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory as a special guest to the event.
Anyone interested in supporting the ministry of the Pregnancy Aid Clinic and wishing to attend the gala may purchase tickets online at http://www.hsccatl.com/maltagala/. The cost of gala admittance is $250 per person.
For further information about the clinic or volunteer opportunities visit the website at www.pregnancyaidclinic.org.