After the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June, many Illinoisans questioned what this new ruling meant for abortion access in their state.
Although abortion is not illegal in Illinois, there are restrictive laws in place that do limit this procedure. Additionally, laws are constantly changing at this time as lawmakers are quick to speak on behalf of the state’s people.
What Are the Current Abortion Laws in Illinois?
According to the Illinois General Assembly, Illinois requires the patient to give informed consent, and it is illegal to have an abortion after viability (with the exception of risk to maternal health).
What Should I Discuss Before Getting an Abortion?
To better understand your options, you will need an ultrasound and pregnancy test to confirm pregnancy and how far along you are.
Also, receiving a complete physical and providing a thorough health history is essential for your health and safety. Some women are not recommended to have an abortion based on pre-existing health conditions, medications being used, or past health history.
What are the Risks to Abortion?
The Mayo Clinic states, “Having a medical abortion is a major decision with emotional and psychological consequences. If you’re considering this procedure, make sure you understand what it entails, side effects, possible risks, complications, and alternatives.”
Some listed risks of medical abortion that you should discuss with a physician or pregnancy care center are:
- Incomplete abortion
- Abnormally heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Infection and fever
- GI discomfort
Another type of abortion, surgical abortion, also has other potential risks that should be considered. These include:
- Perforation to the uterus
- Damage to the Cervix
- Uterine wall scar tissue formation
Who Can I Discuss My Options With?
We are here to answer any of your questions or concerns while providing you with all your available options.
You deserve the confidence that the option you choose is right for you. We believe you deserve to make an informed decision that benefits your health and contributes to your unique story.
Contact us today for a free, confidential appointment so we can care for and support you during this unplanned journey.