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Considering Abortion? : Abortion Questions Answered

What are the abortion laws in DuPage County, Illinois?

How far along can I get an abortion in Illinois?

In Illinois abortion is legal at all stages of pregnancy. However, most outpatient clinics offer abortion up to around 20 weeks. The majority of abortions take place before 12 weeks of pregnancy. Read more about how late abortions are performed in Illinois.

Can I get an abortion if I am a minor?

Illinois law requires parental notification for minors before having an abortion.

What is parental notification?

Parental notification typically means that a parent or guardian must be informed about the abortion in advance if you are under 18. The state defines “adult family member” as a person over 21 years of age who is the parent, grandparent, step-parent living in the household or legal
guardian.

Is that different from parental consent?

Yes. A parental consent law requires the parent or guardian to give permission for the minor undergoing the abortion procedure.

How does notification work?

In most cases, as required by law, the physician or referring physician will give constructive notice by certified mail 48 hours prior to the abortion. The clinic may also be able to give you a form to take home to be signed. At CareNet DuPage, our professional staff can help you determine what method of informing your family is best. Family counseling is available with our Personal Resource Counselor, free of cost. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Is there a waiting period for abortion?

No, unless you are a minor notifying your family by mail. In this case, the clinic must mail the notification 48 hours in advance of your abortion. If you are considering an abortion, you can utilize this 48 hour waiting period to contact a CareNet DuPage location near you. We offer free, confidential services to give you the information you need in order to make an informed decision.

If I am a minor, can I receive other services related to my pregnancy?

  • Pregnancy Tests and Limited Medical Services: At CareNet DuPage, we are committed to confidentially serving clients of all ages. If you are concerned you might be pregnant, please call us today.   
  • Adoption: In the state of Illinois, any minor above the age of 14 may consent to form an adoption plan for their child. Read more about adoption.

If you’d like more information in regards to your pregnancy decision or available services, please contact us. CareNet DuPage is the first step for women who are facing unplanned pregnancy.