Laws Shaping Abortion Access in Illinois

This resource guide is provided by the section of family planning at the University of Chicago.  It was develepod in 2014 and is a reference guide for legal information regarding abortion care and considerations.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the right to an abortion is fundamental, but not absolute.
  • A physician, in the course of evaluating the specific circumstances of an individual case, determines when abortion is necessary to preserve health and when a fetus is considered viable.
  • Laws, policies, and court decisions at the federal, state, and local level affect individuals seeking access to abortion in Illinois.

Click here to read more about the legal rights regarding abortion in Illinois

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