WASHINGTON – The newest breakthrough in the pro-life movement isn’t a bill in Congress or a march on Washington: it’s a mobile ultrasound vehicle. Equipped with a team of Christian medical professionals, 22 mobile vehicles already visited 19 cities in the United States.
Michael Homula, executive director of ICU Mobile, shared the story on Wednesday at a Family Research Council event. ICU stands for Image Clear Ultrasound, but also sounds like “I See You,” as in “I see you in the womb.”
“We’re not interested in having a pro-life-mobile,” he said. “We’re very interested in appealing to women who are considering aborting their children.”Homula laid out the weaknesses of traditional “brick and mortar” Crisis Pregnancy Centers – designed to welcome women in a crisis pregnancy. These institutions tend to be “baby-centric,” with family pictures on the walls. They have an openly Christian appearance, they can only help the women who go to them, and their few local brands cannot compete with the huge umbrella of Planned Parenthood.
ICU Mobile, on the other hand, aims to “go to women, rather than waiting for them,” and preaches “no judgment, coercion, or politics – just love, grace, and truth.” The neutral title ICU allows them to slip under the messy political radar and perform their ministry.