SB1564 - Injunction Granted!

PIC and pregnancy centers across Illinois are celebrating today as we have just received word that a preliminary injunction has been granted us by a federal judge! In July of last year, Illinois State lawmakers passed “SB1564”, an amendment to the Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act that forces healthcare providers to refer patients for abortion. The law went into effect on January 1st, and while our lawyers were working quickly to move lawsuits against the bill through the lower courts,  PIC announced with much dismay, that we would be forced to pause medical services (such as pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and STD/STI testing) until an injunction could be granted. For the past 6 months, we have been working furiously as a staff to continue supporting our community and saving lives in the face of this setback.

As of today, we are excited to announce that beginning next week, we will begin offering life-saving medical services once again! We are so thankful for your prayers and support during this time. We know that the Lord is faithful, and will continue to provide for PIC as we fight against those who seek to cease or silence the value of life in our world. With over 350,000 abortions committed every year in the US, and over 27,000 of those occurring in our own state, we know the fight is not over.

You can read the full press release from Mauck & Baker below.


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Pregnancy Centers Win Second Injunction against Illinois Abortion Referral Mandate

CHICAGO- Yesterday a Federal District Court granted the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) and several pro-life pregnancy centers a preliminary injunction against an Illinois law that forces pro-life healthcare professionals to make abortion referrals. The injunction prohibits the State from enforcing the law against healthcare facilities or physicians who have a conscience objection to performing abortions or making abortion referrals.

In 2016, Illinois amended its Healthcare Right of Conscience Act to require pro-life doctors and medical staff to provide referrals to abortion clinics and to speak of the "benefits" of abortion as a treatment option. Late last year, another group of pregnancy centers obtained an injunction in state court. In its opinion, the state court questioned as to why Illinois would require the very individuals who object to abortion services to become a source of information about them. In yesterday's order, the federal court wrote, "It is clear that the amended act targets the free speech rights of people who have a specific viewpoint." The federal court preliminary injunction broadly protects all "healthcare facilities, health care personnel, or physicians who object to providing information about health care providers who may offer abortion or who object to describing abortion as a beneficial treatment option."

Attorney Noel W. Sterett, who represents the Life Center, Inc. and is co-counseling on the case with the Alliance Defending Freedom,  said, "The government has no business forcing pro-life doctors and pregnancy care centers in Illinois to operate as referral agents for the abortion industry. A law that targets medical professionals because of their pro-life views and right of conscience is unconstitutional and unethical."

Mauck & Baker LLC attorney Noel Sterett is one of more than 3,100 private attorneys allied with Alliance Defending Freedom.

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"Jane Roe" 1947-2017

Jane Roe, a name synonymous with abortion, written in history books as a champion of “woman’s rights” and used to shape the nation’s view on legally ending the life of an unborn human being. When brought up in conversation, good or bad, it ignites deep emotions that often stir up passion and outrage. But what’s in a name and who or what really defines us?

In her book, Won By Love, Norma McCorvey shares her story of broken relationships, teen struggles with her parents, and the poor choices that lead to drugs, alcohol, homelessness, and a second unplanned pregnancy. Adding to the lies by claiming she was gang-raped, she looked for an easy out and sought to obtain an abortion, which was illegal in Texas at the time. This culmination of circumstances made her the perfect pawn in an agenda that was beyond her comprehension, eventually leading to Roe v Wade. No doubt, Norma McCorvey’s new identity as Jane Roe gave her a false sense of purpose and place in this world.

After working in an abortion clinic for several years, Norma met evangelical pastor, Flip Benham. This unlikely friendship landed her in his office at Operation Rescue where she came face-to-face with the lies she was clinging to.

“I was sitting in Operation Rescue’s offices when I noticed a fetal development poster. The progression was so obvious, the eyes were so sweet. It hurt my heart, just looking at them. I ran outside and finally, it dawned on me. 'Norma', I said to myself, 'They're right'. I had worked with pregnant women for years. I had been through three pregnancies and deliveries myself. I should have known. Yet something in that poster made me lose my breath. I kept seeing the picture of that tiny, 10-week-old embryo, and I said to myself, that's a baby! It's as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth—that's a baby!
I felt crushed under the truth of this realization. I had to face up to the awful reality. Abortion wasn't about 'products of conception'. It wasn't about 'missed periods'. It was about children being killed in their mother's wombs. All those years I was wrong. Signing that affidavit, I was wrong. Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong. No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff. Abortion—at any point—was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear.

I am always blown away at how a friendship or chance encounter with someone can change the course of a person’s life. As Christ Followers, when we generously share the gifts we’ve been given and do so with grace, compassion, and patience, God moves and people receive the freedom their hearts have longed for. Sitting in Flip Benham’s office wasn’t a coincidence, but it did take an invitation. God didn’t use Pastor Flip to overturn Roe v Wade, but to overturn the life of Norma Leah McCorvey, along with many other pro-choice advocates. This unlikely friendship introduced Norma to Jesus and literally transformed the identity of a woman who was dead inside.

 Norma McCorvey baptized by Rev. Flip Benham of Operation Rescue.

Norma McCorvey baptized by Rev. Flip Benham of Operation Rescue.

 Norma speaks up as she joins other anti-abortion demonstrators inside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Washington on July 28, 2009.

Norma speaks up as she joins other anti-abortion demonstrators inside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Washington on July 28, 2009.

During that same year, on August 8, 1995, Norma Leah McCorvey was baptized and Jane Roe was laid to rest. Look at that smile – that is freedom! Norma found a new identity in Christ and spent the rest of her life fighting to overturn Roe v Wade.

”Jane Roes” walk through our doors every day at PIC, but we know God has another name he wants to give them; Child of God. We believe that PIC offers them a space where they can discover truths about their circumstances AND the person of Jesus Christ. Together we pray that will lead them to choose life in the womb and for eternity. That cannot happen without your partnership. I’m inviting you to invest in LIFE today. You can invest financially and you can volunteer your time. Both are necessary to sustain our mission and both will transform lives. 

Gayle Payne - 65 Year Old Single Mother of 9

In 1997, five years after her marriage ended, Gayle Payne’s faith journey began. Still new to her faith, she felt God’s leading to “love the unlovable” and began searching for a way to act upon that passion.

She was quickly connected with Angel Tree,  a division of Chuck Coleson’s Prison Fellowship Ministry. Their goal is to come alongside young men and women who have parents within the prison system. During Christmastime in 98’ she found herself bringing a load of gifts to kids within a local orphanage. During her visit, she began talking with Lydia, a counselor there. Gayle began to share with Lydia about the events of the past few years of her life. She mentioned her husband leaving, her newfound faith, and living alone in her home.

Lydia shared with Gayle about a girl there who, due to circumstances at the orphanage, needed to be placed within a foster home quickly. Shortly thereafter, Gayle began visits with the girl, who she would come to know as Charlotte.

“I never expected God to open this door. One moment, I was serving by bringing gifts to an orphanage, the next found me applying for my foster care license with the state.”

In the spring of 1999, Gayle took Charlotte home! She was 12 at the time, and as you can imagine, the next few years were a time of learning and change for both of them. Charlotte was Gayle’s first, but certainly not the last.

5 years later, along came Buddy at only 2.5 months old. His place within Gayle’s house was originally temporary, while a new foster family was being prepared. As Christmas neared, Gayle called the agency and learned that their original plan had fallen through. She requested that Buddy’s placement in her home become permanent, and so Buddy stayed.

10 months later, Gayle received a call from a social worker. A young boy, two years old, named Thomas was in need of a place to stay. He was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy due to poor pre-natal care & drug use during pregnancy. Soon, Thomas became a permanent part of Gayle’s home as well.

The most recent three to Gayle’s home,  Alexandria, Corey, and Jesse came just 5 years ago! Siblings, they were also originally “temporary” within the family, but as Gayle would put it, “they came temporarily, and never left!”

In 16 years of adventures, Gayle has faced a lot of challenges, but each one she has seemingly solved with the same devotion and consistency that she applies to the rest of her life. One great example is the way that she addressed schooling for her kids. Statistically, foster children are more likely to be problematic within the education system, so she has sometimes struggled to give them the best education possibilities within her district. At first, she tells me, she was frustrated as she attempted to understand and navigate the system, but she eventually came to realize that instead of pushing harder, there was a much simpler solution; ask for help.

“When you come to another person with humility and thankfulness, a lot can happen,” Gayle tells me. “After I figured out that others wanted to help, wanted to be involved in helping my family succeed, that’s when things got easier.”

Since that moment, Gayle’s education difficulties have all but resolved themselves. Last year, when she was in the hospital for a surgery, the principal of the local school was the one to babysit for their home. Community was even more important last year, as Gayle battled an experience with cancer. After two surgeries and a long process, she is now considered safe, but the experience, along with a frightening racial attack by a neighbor has left her family a little shaken. Fortunately, Gayle’s incredible sense of mission has remained constant.

Meeting Gayle for the first time, you quickly gain an understanding of the kind of parent she has been. She is gracious and patient, easy to talk to, but you get an unmistakable sense that she knows exactly what she is about. She is fiercely loyal to her children, unwavering in her direction as she follows wherever God leads. Listening to Gayle’s story, it is clear that her decision to remain faithful is all about “just taking the next step.” She tells me that looking at the big picture can sometimes be overwhelming, but focusing only on where God is directing your next step is the key to living in His peace.

To anyone seeking to live in this faithfulness, her advice is this; “When God opens a door, stop analyzing. Walk through it and never look back.” “After 16 years of doing what God called me to do, I feel qualified to say that there is just no better place to be than in the center of God’s will.

HB 40 Update


After passionate testimony from both sides, HB 40 passed through the Illinois House (Update: and Senate) by a vote of 62-55 in late April. Sixty votes are needed for passage. This proposal for taxpayer funding of abortion will now proceed to the Illinois Senate where it is expected to pass.

Passage of HB 40 would translate into tens of thousands of additional abortions in Illinois every year through Medicaid. HB 40 also allows the Department of Health and Human Services to make grants to nonprofit agencies and organizations that use such grants to refer, counsel for, or perform abortions.

In addition, state employees would have abortion coverage added to their insurance plan under HB 40. Here, we’ve provided a copy of the official record showing how your individual representatives voted. The best step you can take at this point in the process is to let your voice be heard! You can contact Governor Rauner by visiting the link below.

Setting Our Sights on Things to Come

Heartbeat International Conference 2017. 1200 pregnancy center staff, speakers, advocates, and volunteers flood into the Hyatt Recency conference center in Chicago, IL. Among them is our small group of staff and volunteers from PIC!

Each year, Heartbeat holds an annual conference and invites partners from all over the world to experience fellowship and training in one place. This year, they offered a total of 90 workshops organized in 15 distinct tracks. Two tracks (Medical Advancement and Ultrasound Advancement) were tailored specifically for nurses and medical professionals in the pregnancy help community.


This year, we had the pleasure of attending over 30 hours of classes as a group! We covered topics such as sex trafficking, reaching abortion-minded clients, new ways to expand our services, abortion procedures, and leadership! Each one of us walked away feeling better equipped to serve where God has called within our ministry!

“I Loved being in the presence of like-minded individuals, that serve because we love God. As you look you see we are "one body" serving the crisis pregnancy clients in various ways with passion and hope. Our time there simply made me so very grateful that God found and granted me the privilege to journey with these individuals.” - Judy

Heartbeat at 18 Weeks

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The small display of the pregnancy test began the journey Adrianna would navigate for the next 9 months. Still in High School, she faced a set of challenges that many mothers never do, but from the beginning she was determined to keep her baby.

“I knew it would be difficult, and it still is. I’m 6 months pregnant now and I have to balance school, family, and pregnancy every day.” 

Her boyfriend Joel purchased a pregnancy test, and after finding out what they had feared, Adrianna says that he told her not to worry. “He said that he would support me through it all, and I believed him, because he has been there for me through a lot already.”

Later on, she told her mom the news. “She wasn’t quite happy, but she got through that and helped me that week to sign up for classes at PIC. She got me prepared for what the journey was going to be like.” 

 Ultrasound of Adrianna’s baby, taken at 18 weeks. Visible on the left is the baby’s head, abdomen, and heart. On the right, the baby’s heartbeat is clearly visible.

Ultrasound of Adrianna’s baby, taken at 18 weeks. Visible on the left is the baby’s head, abdomen, and heart. On the right, the baby’s heartbeat is clearly visible.

Not everyone was so supportive. After finding out she was pregnant, one of Adrianna’s sisters recommended abortion. “She was putting those thoughts in my head, but I didn’t want that for this child. This child deserves to experience life.” 

When Joel’s parents found out, they also suggested abortion as a way out, but together Adrianna and Joel were determined to choose life. Through those challenges, one of Adrianna’s favorite moments so far was seeing her baby via ultrasound for the first time.

“I had been feeling flutters in my stomach, but I wanted to know for sure that what I was feeling was my baby. When I saw my baby on-screen at PIC, I was amazed and happy because I saw my living healthy baby, I saw its heartbeat, and it was thrilling.”  

Adrianna says that coming to PIC played a big part in helping her to feel confident about her choice. “I don’t know what I would do if I had not taken these classes. I feel more prepared because I got a lot of information I didn’t have before. It was thrilling to explore how babies grow, to see the stages and experience them with my child.”   

Besides education, Adrianna also received material assistance like a baby basket filled with clothes, necessities, and diapers. After completing a carseat safety class, she also received a brand new carseat thanks to one of PIC’s partnering churches; Wheaton Christian Center. She says that the programs and materials from PIC were very helpful for her, especially since she isn’t old enough to receive typical assistance.  

Though Adrianna feels more prepared than ever, there are still some obstacles she and Joel are figuring out, the biggest of which is childcare. Since Adrianna still has time left in high school, and her family members work, her only option is to find childcare. Good care is both expensive, and limited, but Adrianna is determined to finish high school.

Together, she and Joel have saved enough to pay for several months of service, but are still in search of a better long-term solution. 

At PIC, we are inspired by Adrianna and Joel’s story. Though they have faced many challenges already and will face more, they are not alone. Their decision to choose LIFE is the reason that our ministry exists, and stories like theirs provide hope in a world torn by choice. Let’s pray for this couple as they continue on their journey!

Adrianna is due this April, and we are so excited to welcome her, and her new baby girl back at PIC as she continues to stand up for what she believes! 


Learning to Pursue Hospitality

Hospitality is a lost art in our society. It’s not completely gone. We hear it’s echo. But it isn’t as prominent as it once was in our culture. As Jeff Vanderstelt points out, we’ve replaced the front porch with a fenced in backyard. Our home has become our castle, a place of refuge where we go to escape in solitude with our family. We tend to have a deep concern for our comfort. And if we are honest, the idea of hospitality often poses a threat to this comfort.

I get it. We are a busy people. We move to and fro working long hours and running lots of errands. We do our best to take care of our responsibilities. After all, helping our kids navigate the waters of this world is no easy task. However, think about the cost of not demonstrating hospitality. What does hospitality show our children? What does hospitality do for our soul? 

What kind of statement does biblical hospitality make to the outside world?

I should pause here to define what I mean by ‘hospitality’. When I refer to biblical hospitality I mean something deeper than merely entertaining guests. Please don’t misunderstand me. Entertaining guests is important. When we share a meal together with those we love we take a significant step toward knowing them and being known by them. But the New Testament often gives us a picture of hospitality that offers more risk and comes at a greater cost. Consider what the author of Hebrews says, “Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Heb. 13:1-2)

Or consider the words of Jesus when he was invited into the home of a Pharisee. “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”(Luke 14:12-14)

The author of Hebrews calls us to show hospitality to strangers. Jesus calls us to show hospitality to the vulnerable, and his brother, James tells us, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction”.

Rather than thinking about hospitality as merely entertaining guests, I propose we define hospitality as ‘welcoming the vulnerable into our sphere of shared life’. 

Demonstrating this kind of hospitality will look different for each of us as we consider our individual calling, gifting, and circumstance. As a people who are pro-life let’s consider what part we might play in the broad spectrum of care for ‘the least of these’. As we seek to defend the life of the unborn what role does hospitality play?

Hospitality might be demonstrated when you invite a young mother over for dinner. Using that opportunity to encourage her and her decision to choose life for her child is a beautiful way to welcome her into your sphere of shared life. Perhaps you will find it on your heart to temporarily open the doors of your home to a young boy through the ministry of Safe Families.

You might not be in a position to take a child in your home at this moment. I understand that, I really do. But, if another family in your church does find themselves ready to show hospitality in that position, you could encourage and support them with a gift of diapers, a gift card, or a free night of babysitting.  

In doing so, you would be showing hospitable benevolence and generous love. If you are able to pursue foster care or adoption- go for it! The need is there and the need is great. We serve a God who is ‘a Father to the Fatherless’ and our adoption as sons of God is shown in a beautiful way when we welcome a child into our family.

My challenge is for us to live counter-culturally when it comes to hospitality. Let’s trade in our castles. In the end, we will find that they are made of sand anyway. Let’s open our homes while taking responsible risk.

 In doing so the world will wonder why we operate the way that we do. And we will find the ear of someone who needs to be told about the ultimate generosity of our Heavenly Father.

Brian Sendelbach is the Associate Pastor at Village Baptist Church. He and his wife Julie have two children and are in the process of adopting their foster child. You can find him on Facebook and online at

"Oasis State": Illinois & The Battle For Life

Two years ago in March (on my birthday), God placed a call on my life to become the Executive Director at PIC. Not a role I anticipated, definitely not the plans I had for this season in my life, but I know that when God calls you have no other choice but to listen, trust and obey. After serving on the PIC Board of Directors for 7 years, I had already developed a deep love for this organization and an even deeper passion for the purpose it exists; to save unborn lives from preventable death. What I didn’t see coming was what God wanted to reveal to me while I was praying about applying for the position.

During that time, my eyes and my ears seemed to take on a whole new level of alertness and awareness for what was happening in the pro-life arena and in our community. As God sent me into the land to meet with him, what I saw was the promises it held. I was encouraged to see God fighting the battle before us using great warriors in the field that would fight to their death if it meant an unborn child would live. I saw churches in our community that wanted to play a bigger role in ending abortion and just needed to be encouraged and equipped. I also saw the priceless smiles on client’s faces when they saw their baby’s heartbeat for the first time or received diapers and formula from PIC when they couldn't afford them. But I also saw the 500+ woman in our community who every month flock to an organization that uses a sharp blade or a little pill to kill both their child and their spirit in one short visit. All around me I saw broken families, broken communities, broken hope, and broken hearts…and it broke mine.

“But God…” These are my favorite two words in Scripture. A reminder of man’s inability to sustain righteousness and God’s grace and mercy that comes to our rescue. I’ll confess, as I “surveyed the land” the responsibility and burden of leading a life-saving organization in Illinois overwhelmed me. Uh uh, no way! I fought with God (does anyone ever win that battle) and told him I was not his girl….but God, who in his grace and mercy gently reminded me that I have all the tools I need: Himself and His Church.

Friends, what weapon formed against that combination can prosper?! God has a vision that he wants to accomplish by using you and me. This is not just a vision for PIC to have more church support or create more programs. Those are great, but simply a means to the end. This vision is for thousands of lives to be saved in the womb, for thousands of our community families to connect to the local church, and for thousands of people to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord in their own lives. The vision God laid on my heart two years ago was very clear: show the world who He is while we work simultaneously to end abortion in our area, in Illinois, in the nation, and in the world. 

We know God’s Will is unstoppable. Right now the pro-life pendulum is swinging in our direction. We have an incredible opportunity to engage people in our community and help them choose life and choose Christ. Let’s seize the opportunity together. Let’s refuse to be known as the abortion “Oasis State”! Let’s take back our land and let God make us a great nation again.


Michelle Gerken

Executive Director, & PIC Staff

SB1564 - Medical Services Paused

UPDATE: PIC has been granted an injunction from a federal judge. 

SB 1564 (NOW PUBLIC ACT 99-690)

Today we find ourselves sharing some very difficult news that will impact our community. If you have been following along with our updates on this bill, you’ll know that the Senate Bill was passed in June of 2015 and went into effect January 1, 2017. The bill amends the state’s Health Care Right of Conscience Act and mandates that, upon request, all healthcare providers within Illinois must provide patients with a written referral, or transportation, to an organization that provides abortions. It also states that we are required to share the “benefits” of an abortion with patients. Across our state, ethically-based medical providers are being forced with a terrible decision: Operate medically, and refer for abortion, operate illegally by continuing to practice without referring, or halt medical services (thereby operating legally, and not referring.)



Simply put, no! As a Christian organization, we are called to protect life - not participate in destroying what God has created. We do not believe there are any benefits in taking the innocent life of a child.

Since this law went into effect, we have chosen to temporarily limit the services that we can ethically provide. Although we are able to continue providing education classes and baby supplies to current and new clients, we have chosen to pause intake of new medical clients during this time. For everyone here, this has been very disappointing, but we have chosen this course of action because we believe that it is the only way to protect both our integrity and our future as a center. God sees a much bigger picture and we must trust in his guidance and direction. We also have no doubt that our supporters will help us fight this unconstitutional law and will support and pray for us through this process.



We have been busy on our end praying, researching, and seeking legal counsel on how to approach this issue so that the benefits are long term. In December 2016, an injunction was granted for two other pregnancy medical centers in Illinois. Initially, we were informed that we would also be protected under that injunction, but found out later that the judge denied this. We immediately started the process of filing our own lawsuit, listing each individual center that wished to be protected. PIC has combined forces with 18 other Pregnancy Medical Centers and several pro-life doctors statewide to file a separate lawsuit against the State of Illinois for violating our constitutional right to perform our medical services according to our faith. (Read more about the PIC lawsuit HERE).  Since the December injunction was won, we believe it has set a precedence and can confidently anticipate that our injunction will also be swiftly granted. When it is, we will then be protected under pre-SB 1564 law and will immediately begin providing all of our medical services without risk of penalty. We are not simply seeking something temporary, but are striving to repeal this law completely because we want to protect lives that are at stake now and in the future.

It's worth noting that similar laws are currently being fought all around the US. Within the past few weeks three more states (AK, HI and CT) have also been hit with a similar law. Our life-partners in other states are closely watching and praying that Illinois lawyers will prevail in our case and set a precedent across the nation. 



We wish that we could say that we have a perfect solution, but at this moment we do not. This decision breaks our hearts and we know that each day we do not practice it puts lives on the line. We also hold in balance the fact that if we do not stand in integrity, we risk the entire future of our mission. As we fight in a war for the life of the innocent, some battles are particularly difficult, but we can see a vision that is more powerful than this temporary setback. Faith is defined by A.W. Tozer as the “gaze of the soul upon a saving God.” We will continue to place our faith firmly with our God who is mighty, powerful, and near. Here is how YOU can help:

  • PRAY and then PRAY again! (Pray for the judges, lawyers, pro-life centers & doctors in Illinois, and most importantly pray for pregnancies at risk.)

  • Contact your State and House Representatives! Send them a non-threatening email letting them know you are praying for them and encourage them to oppose bills like SB 1564 and HB 40. (Click HERE to find your representatives)

  • Financially support PIC. While we are busy fighting for our rights, we are still helping pregnant moms and dads with parenting classes and material needs. In addition to our regular responsibilities, we are doing extra work behind the scenes to stay informed and prepare for this pending lawsuit. We need your support now, more than ever!

We will continue to update you as we learn new details on our lawsuit, so be on the lookout for further communication from us!

An Introduction to PICLIFE

As Christians, we walk down a path where pain surrounds us.  Following Christ isn’t easy, isn’t pretty, and isn’t quiet. Sometimes, we find ourselves caught up in our life, jobs, families, or church, and we begin to experience frustration because we see this need before us, yet feel unable to meet it. We want to do more. We want to serve, but when it comes down to it, a million things get in the way. 

Sometimes, we resign ourselves to failure before we even begin. The things that ignite our hearts never make it past our brains. The things that awake the deepest passions within us just don’t escape the roadblocks.  

At pic, we struggle  with those same feelings. We face  a need that is so much bigger than ourselves. We fight for life as the world fights to end it. The hope of our savior is already within our hearts, so we ache as we see women struggling through desperation and fear. We know that christ is the solution, but merely knowing is not enough.

We want this passion to burn within those who also claim the name of Jesus. Our hope is that by sharing what God Is doing here at PIC, you will be encouraged, and inspired to join us in bringing real life to our community. 

We’re calling this PICLIFE, and we’ll be sending one out every few months! Our hope is that the stories, information, and resources within will inspire and encourage you as we fight for LIFE together. 

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Evan Wise is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at PIC. He is recently married, and finds writing this information about himself to be quite embarrassing. 

Give LIFE this Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope you are enjoying the new PIC LIFE issue! This “magazine style” format is designed for you to proudly display on your coffee table or share with a friend. It is a great way to stay up-to-date on the incredible things God is doing through our Pro-Life efforts. We hope that through these articles you are informed and encouraged about your partnership with PIC and that your passion for protecting life in the womb deepens as we fight for life together.   

Doesn’t it seem like the department stores are creeping further and further into Fall as they jockey for our attention during the Christmas season? Displaying all the beautiful decorations, picking out the perfect gifts, and eating the delicious food are all wonderful additions to the Christmas celebration, but what about after December 25th? That gadget dad received is shoved into a drawer, all the decorations go back into storage, and we all start thinking about how we can lose a few pounds! 

But what if the gift you gave continued to flourish into 2017 and beyond? What if this year you chose to give a gift that literally gives life to a child who hasn't even been born yet? Or a mom discovers that you are there to support her decision to choose life for her baby during a difficult time? 

With your support, we have provided our free, life-saving services to more than 200 women this year! On a weekly base we are averaging 25 women in our parenting classes and through your prayers and support, more than 50 babies were given a chance to live!

Would you consider adding PIC to your Christmas wish-list this year? As you can see, we have fallen behind on our financial support. Although we are confident that together we can finish the year strong, it will take all of us. Can you think of anything better than saving the life of a child in the womb? How about knowing that your financial support made it happen? Your gift of any amount will help us meet our budget needs. 

At PIC, you and I have been given a wonderful opportunity to support an organization that promotes life and introduces people to The Messiah, not just during Christmas, but throughout the whole year! Thank you for being part of the PIC community and standing with us in our fight for life.

Merry Christmas, 



Michelle Gerken

Executive Director, & PIC Staff

On The Horizon: What's next for Pro-Life?



Is a bill passed by Illinois congress and signed into law by Governor Rauner on July 29th of this year.  The bill mandates that all “health care facilities” within the state will be required to present abortion as a “legal treatment option” to their patients. If a patient requests abortion, a provider will be required to refer the patient to a facility that performs abortions, transfer the patient to a facility that performs abortions, or provide the patient with a list of other health care providers who perform abortions. 

Several Pregnancy Clinics in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against the Governor. The bill is scheduled to take effect on January 1st of 2017, so we are praying that the courts grant an injunction, which would push the starting date back until the courts can decide it’s legality. We ask that you pray for favor in the courts. 



Is a bill introduced by State Representative Sara Feignholtz that will reverse the current law that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion under medicaid. In 1977 before the protective bill was passed, over 12,700 abortions were paid for under Public Aid’s Medicaid program using taxpayer dollars. The bill will also remove the requirement for a physician’s statement stating that the abortion was required to save the life of the mother. 

We ask that you contact your state representative and ask them to vote against this bill. 

40 Days For Life Campaign Results:

367 Locations

105,000 Participants

24 Countries

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Finding Hope After Hardship

On the table before us is a copy of the ultrasound photo Andrea received from Planned Parenthood. It’s been two years since her abortion, and now she’s gathered the courage to walk in and request a copy.

Andrea made two visits to Planned Parenthood during pregnancy. The first time, she ended up leaving during her appointment. “I couldn’t do it. I started crying, and my mom asked me if I wanted to leave. I told her I did, and we got out of there.” 

She spoke with a sidewalk counselor on the street out front. The man gave her some flyers about pregnancy help in the area. “I left there feeling good, like I had hope.” 
However two weeks later, she was back. All of her fearful thoughts had returned. “I was ignoring the fact that I was pregnant in my mind. I just wanted to get rid of a problem.” This time, there wasn’t anyone outside to give hope and she went through with her abortion. 

“After the abortion, I just felt like the whole world was moving, and I was just in my head. I cried a lot.”  

Andrea has always been a good student, but found herself struggling in school. Even being in a classroom was difficult. “Part of it was me just trying to hide it. I was afraid of what people would say, or what people would think of me.” In the midst of these feelings, Andrea sought out the help of her school’s social worker. “She told me about PIC, and we called and made an appointment together.” 

That’s where Andrea found others who shared a similar story, and she knew she was not alone. 


“When I heard all of the other stories, I was there with them. I knew what they were feeling. I was hurting, but other people were too, and I knew that I wasn’t alone.”


During her classes, Andrea met one of our volunteers, Judy. Together, they spent time processing Andrea’s experience. While going through our post-abortion curriculum, and throughout group conversations, Andrea tells me that her feelings about her abortion began to change.  “I realized that it was my baby, it wasn’t just a problem... I also learned that there is forgiveness.”

“I encountered God, and it was this amazing feeling inside of me... I realized that I wasn’t alone, and that God was with me. I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.”

At PIC, we know that the Hope Christ brings is the only way to truly heal. Watching Andrea experience this for herself has been an exciting journey for all of us. Even though her heart has been changed by forgiveness, going through this has still been incredibly difficult for Andrea. 

Even after two years, her emotions are still raw. It’s clear to anyone meeting her that the change in her life has been significant. .

“I want to share this, because I don’t want others to have to go through my experience. Abortion is not the way out... I felt so alone when I went through that... I wish I knew then what I do now. ”

Andrea slides the ultrasound back towards herself, and tells us that she decided to name her baby  “Hope.”