After years of using his platform to advocate for the unborn, NFL star Benjamin Watson is putting his money where his mouth is.
At the Severna Park Pregnancy Clinic in Maryland, doctors and technicians have long dealt with an out-of-date and malfunctioning ultrasound machine, so Watson and his wife, Kirsten, stepped in to help.
They replaced the old machine with a state-of-the-art 3D/4D ultrasound machine.
Years ago, after a 3D/4D ultrasound for our first child, we envisioned the day when we would be able to give other families this gift. Seeing life inside the womb not only affirms its beauty and dignity but encourages the mother and father that their child is worth fighting for. For me, as I yawned after seeing my daughter yawn in utero, the pregnancy became real in a much more tangible way. In life we all have roles to play. We are thankful for the opportunity to place our first 3D/4D ultrasound at a local pregnancy clinic and grateful to the clinic staff, @erlcsbc and @focusonthefamily for allowing us to stand beside you in support of these mothers and their preborn children. Looking forward to the next opportunity! Psalm 139:14
“Seeing life inside the womb not only affirms its beauty and dignity but encourages the mother and father that their child is worth fighting for,” Watson wrote in an Instagram post about their donation.
To celebrate the contribution, which the NFL star made in June through the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Focus on the Family, the crisis pregnancy center gave the Watsons a tour of the facility.
The space where unborn lives are now saved once served as an abortion clinic called Gynecare Center.
“When we walked into the place, we found they had left overnight,” Pregnancy Clinic Ministry CEO Pamela Palumbo told Life News. “There were still bloody sponges on the floor, blood stains on the floor, client files they had left behind. They didn’t close; they simply moved to a very discreet location where they wouldn’t have people out front protesting and holding signs and praying.”
In a Facebook post about the Watsons’ contribution, the pregnancy center’s staff wrote, “We are grateful for their generous gift of the ultrasound machine, and pray God’s blessings over their family as they head to New Orleans.”
Watson called out Planned Parenthood in 2016, rebuking the nation’s largest abortion provider for targeting minority communities for abortion.
He said pregnancy termination “seems to be something that is really pushed on minorities and provided to minorities especially as something that they should do.”
“We sit here and talk about advancing the black agenda, whatever that means, we talk about our interests, and what’s important to us — like having political power and advancement and all those things — and then we are turning around and we are killing our children,” the athlete said at the time.
Watson was previously a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens but recently returned to the New Orleans Saints. Faithwire reached out to Watson for an interview, but he was not available to talk.