As of June 1, 2022, the parental notification law is no longer in effect in Illinois. If you are under 18, you can get an abortion without having to involve a parent.
No matter their age, every person in Illinois has the legal right to get an abortion. But the state restricts abortions in some ways.
All abortions must be performed by around 24 weeks, unless the pregnant person’s life or health is in danger.
Illinois also has a telemedicine program through Carafem, which lets you get an abortion without needing to travel to an abortion clinic if you meet their requirements. You can find more information on Carafem in Illinois here.
No. In Illinois, there are no extra restrictions for people under 18. You do not need to tell or involve an adult in your decision to have an abortion if you do not want to.
You can get help paying for your abortion. Ask your clinic if there is financial assistance available to help you cover the cost of your abortion.
If your health insurance is through Illinois Medicaid (i.e. you have a Medicaid card), you can use it to pay for costs related to pregnancy and abortion. If you use Medicaid for these costs, you should most likely be able to request that it be kept confidential.
These are also a few abortion funds in Illinois that may be able to help with the cost of the abortion or other related expenses like transportation.
Leave a message at 312-663-0338
Iowa Abortion Access Fund (available to residents of Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties), you will need to work through a clinic to receive assistance from this fund
Some clinics may have limited service or hours
You can also use these directories to find an abortion clinic near you:
Planned Parenthood: Directory Here (make sure you select abortion in the services drop down menu; some clinics provide counseling, referrals and follow-up exams but don’t directly provide abortion services)
National Abortion Federation: Directory Here
Abortion Care Network: Directory Here
I Need An Abortion: Directory Here
Young people are leading the fight for abortion access in Illinois.