In Illinois, abortion is legal for both teens and adults. Know your rights:
- In Illinois you have the fundamental right to make decisions about your reproductive health care. You have that right regardless of age (though some restrictions apply for people under 18), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual behavior, class, immigration status, race, ethnicity, language ability, or disability status. You also have that fundamental right even if you are in State custody, control, or supervision including in jail, prison or under DCFS custody.
- If you are an adult, you have the right to keep your abortion confidential.
- If you are under 18, you do not need anyone else to consent to your abortion, but the doctor must notify an adult family member (a parent, grandparent, step-parent you live with, or legal guardian) at least 48 hours before your abortion is performed. There are some exceptions where notice is not required, and you have the right to get a waiver from a court if you are not able to notify an adult family member. Visit ilbypass.org for more information.
- Illinois Medicaid and most private health insurance plans are required to cover abortion care. There are also private organizations that may be able to help you with abortion costs. Some clinics may also provide financial assistance.
- You can get an abortion at many family planning clinics and at some doctor's offices and hospitals.
- Medical providers are not required to offer abortions, and some hospitals and clinics associated with religious groups refuse to do them. Under Illinois law groups that have religious objections to providing a service are required to offer information for you to get that service. If you think your rights were violated fill out this form.
- Be skeptical of organizations that claim to offer comprehensive family planning services but do not share information about all your options, including abortion. Calling themselves “Crisis Pregnancy Centers,” “Pregnancy Resource Centers” and other deceptive names, they give misleading information to try to prevent you from having an abortion. If you feel you are being lied to or coerced, you are entitled to leave a clinic or center at any time. To make sure an establishment is not a fake center posing as a true comprehensive women’s health clinic, search the End The Lies database.
- Abortion providers in Illinois do not enforce many of the obstacles seen in other states. You will not be forced to endure a waiting period, view an ultrasound or listen to a state-sponsored lecture filled with misinformation.
- National Network of Abortion Funds
- National Abortion Federation (800.772.9100)
- Chicago Abortion Fund (312.663.0338)
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