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Starting August 15, 2013, Illinois law says that if you decide to have an abortion and you are under age 18 your health care provider must notify an adult family member 48 hours before you have the abortion.
An adult family member is someone over 21 who is your parent, grandparent, step-parent who lives with you, or your legal guardian. With your permission, the health care provider can tell whichever adult family member you choose.
"Notification" is not the same as "consent". Notification just means that your doctor lets an adult family member know that you will have an abortion. You will tell us which adult family member to contact. The adult family member does not have to give you permission to get the abortion and does not have the right to tell you that you cannot get the abortion.
An adult family member does not need to be notified:
If these exceptions don't apply to you, there are a few different ways to go about notification. You only need to do one of the options listed below.
More information about these options can be found on this information sheet.
If you call the Ryan Center to make an appointment and you are under 18 you will be told about the requirement to notify an adult family member. Go ahead and schedule an appointment and someone from our staff will follow up with you to discuss what needs to happen next.
If an adult family member calls to make the appointment, they can receive notification at that time.
You can reach our clinic at 773-834-9995 or email us at email@example.com if you have questions.