Protecting Our Daughters Reception

Oak Brook, IL

Protecting Our Daughters Reception


Join women from across the Chicago Land Area for an empowering evening, while enjoying heavy appetizers and beverages, hosted by Girls Health First (GHF).

Mary-Louise Hengesbaugh will provide you with information and tools to educate and empower you on issues pertaining to under-aged girls, particularly in regards to the political movement to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act in Springfield.  Plus, there will be time for collaboration, brainstorming, and organizing to more effectively engage legislators this year.

Special Guest
Bob Gilligan will also join us to give us a legislative update, particularly on the bill to repeal parental notice.  He'll also provide us with some tips and tricks on effective ways to influence legislators in their districts. Bob is the Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois. He also is a past president of the National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors. He previously worked as chief of legislative services for the Arizona Department of Economic Security and at the political consulting firm of Jamieson and Guiterrez in Phoenix, AZ. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a master’s degree from Arizona State University.

State Representative Amy Grant will join us and help you understand the inner workings of Springfield.  Rep Grant, and her husband Jim are 20 year residents of Wheaton, where they have raised two children.  Having volunteered in school, church and community activities for many years, she brought her experience to the DuPage County Board, serving two terms.  She was elected to represent the 42nd house district in 2018 after state rep Jeanne Ives retired from the Illinois legislature.

Mary-Louise Hengesbaugh serves as the chair of ICE-PAC and its initiative Girls’ Health First (GHF). She is a former Miss Wisconsin and former Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago Respect Life Director under Cardinal Francis George. She also authored a book in titled “Standing with Courage: Confronting Touch Decisions About Sex.”

Girls' Health First (GHF) is a voice in Springfield for under-aged girls. GHF is a bipartisan grassroots movement of women, teens, physicians, students, attorneys, educators, and entrepreneurs advocating for vulnerable girls and young women who are affected by legislation.

We urge you show your support, get empowered, and become an advocate for vulnerable under-aged girls of Illinois.


The event is open to women 12 and older (yes, men are welcome to join).

Dress: Business Casual

Cost:  Free


Girls' Health First is an Initiative of Illinois Citizens for Ethics PAC

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Mary-Louise Hengesbaugh speaking at the 2015 March for Life Chicago.