Who We Are

Hope Life Center is a Christ centered organization dedicated to helping every woman in Illinois find the freedom to choose life for her unborn child. 

What We Do

We currently have two centers, our original center in Sterling, and as of 2018, a center in downtown Ottawa. These centers function as an emergency room for the pregnancy decision, providing women in Illinois with a life-affirming alternative to other clinics. Our patient team serves at-risk

women with a free pregnancy options consultation including pregnancy testing, an ultrasound, and STI testing.

The ethical medical care we provide empowers women to make informed decisions about the outcome of their pregnancies.

Make a difference by participating in our Change For Life fundraiser here

Why Women Choose Us First

Illinois women make us their first stop when looking for help with an unplanned pregnancy because we answer the three questions every woman must have answered before she makes a decision regarding the outcome of her pregnancy: 

  1. Am I really pregnant?
  2. How far along am I?
  3. Do I have an STI? 

Knowing she can get these questions answered at our centers, free of charge, gives her a compelling reason to schedule an appointment with us before going anywhere else.

Our Results

Seven out of ten of the pregnant women we serve choose life.

90-95% of the women served by at our centers demonstrate a risk for abortion and 600 of these at-risk women have made life decisions over the past 6 years.

The number of at-risk women choosing life through Hope Life Center is consistently growing, bringing us ever closer to our vision of helping every woman in Illinois find the freedom to choose life.

Our History

Hope Life Center was the dream of Mark and Laura Petigoue, our founders, long before it developed into the organization it is today.

In 1983, while washing dishes at her kitchen sink, Laura tuned into a radio program discussing the needs of women experiencing unplanned pregnancies and the harm that abortion brings to women. This program birthed in Laura a desire to develop an organization that would provide women in her community with alternatives to abortion. She gathered a group of like-minded individuals and began to hold prayer meetings. A board of directors was established and on February 17, 1986, the doors of Hope Life Center opened for the first time. 

$1,200 Saves a Life

The investment we need to serve one mother and save the life of one child is $1,200. This is the average cost to save a life across pregnancy centers nationwide. Every day, through partnerships with people like you, Hope Life Center is giving mothers the confidence they need to choose life for their unborn children. You can partner with us today to bring our life-saving medical services to women in the Sauk Valley and the Illinois Valley.