Political Info and Laws in Brief
- Governor Pat Quinn (D) is pro-choice.
- The Illinois House is mixed-choice.
- The Illinois Senate is pro-choice.
Illinois has an unconstitutional and unenforceable criminal ban on abortion.
Counseling Ban/Gag Rule
Illinois prohibits certain state employees and organizations receiving state funds from counseling or referring women for abortion services.
Insurance Prohibition for Abortion
Illinois restricts insurance coverage of abortion for some individuals.
Other Anti-Choice Law
Illinois law includes a strongly anti-choice policy statement.
Refusal to Provide Medical Services
Illinois allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.
Restrictions on Young Women's Access to Abortion
Illinois law restricts young women's access to abortion services by mandating parental notice.
Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)
Illinois subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals.
Illinois law requires health-insurance plans that cover prescription medication to provide the same coverage for contraception.
Illinois law improves women's access to emergency contraception (EC).
Guaranteed Access to Prescriptions
Illinois has a law that requires pharmacies to dispense women's birth control.
Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion
Illinois provides low-income women access to abortion.
Low-Income Women's Access to Family Planning
Illinois provides certain low-income women increased coverage for Medicaid-funded family-planning services.
State Constitutional Protection
Illinois' constitution provides greater protection for a woman's right to choose than the U.S. Constitution.
OTHER RELEVANT LAWS
Post-Viability Abortion Restriction
Illinois restricts post-viability abortion.
Do voters ever decide on issues related to a woman's right to choose? In many states, the answer is yes. Anti-choice groups put measures on the ballot to advance their agenda.
Illinois Pro-Choice Birth Control Referendum
The Illinois legislature put a question on the November ballot regarding prescription birth-control coverage. While non-binding, the question would affirm that the majority of Illinois voters support requiring any health-insurance plan that covers prescription drugs to also cover prescription birth control. Check out the Illinois Choice Action Team for more information and vote "YES" on November 4!