Focus on the Family, a Christian organization, brought its SeeLife 2021 convention to the American Airlines Center in Dallas this weekend to share opposition stories about abortion. During the event, the organization announced that it would donate a mobile ultrasound unit to five pregnancy centers operating at the border.
The event, which according to organizers, had 7,000 attendees, featured a 30-minute concert by Matthew West, a five-time Grammy nominee. Many speakers shared their stories, including Nick Vujicic, CEO of Life Without Limbs, an international ministry that shares the gospel through the ministry of technology and prison.
The goal of the event was to show a 4-D ultrasound of a fetus in the womb, as was done in 2021 in Times Square in New York City. New York Live, as it was called, had 20,000 attendees with 100,000 people watching online.
At SeeLife 2021, Focus on the Family conducted mobile ultrasound tours before and after the event. A similar unit will be sent to the border.
Paul Batura, vice president of communications for Focus on the Family, said Texas was chosen for several reasons, including the passage of Senate Bill 8, also known as the “Heartbeat Bill,” which prohibits abortion after about six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. It comes into force on September 1, but has been challenged in court.
“We love Texas because it has proven to be a very kind state to premature babies, that’s one of the reasons we certainly chose Dallas specifically and celebrate it with those people who passed this legislation,” Batura said.
During the event, Focus on the Family highlighted Hope Women’s Center, a pregnancy center in McKinney whose facilities were damaged during the winter storm. The organization helped the center reopen, said Holly Snell, general manager of Hope Women’s Center.
Over the years, Focus on the Family has given grants to the center and ultrasound equipment.
“Our clinic was completely destroyed, we basically lost everything. The focus on the family intervened as champions and began to bring together different national organizations to come around us and get us the equipment we needed and even a mobile clinic to get us started quickly after that. loss, ”Snell said.
Snell and her husband, who also participates in the center, shared their story of the winter storm and fragments of the damage during the event.
“What we’ve seen now is that this will make us stronger and better at reaching more girls and boys who are in the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy looking for resources throughout their pregnancy. Even for women who have had an abortion, we accompany them and provide them with support and advice, ”said Snell.