The historic overturning of Roe v. Wade has caused a lot of ripples nationwide and left the people of Illinois wondering how this affects them locally—especially those who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and wondering what their options are. 

With this overturning, a lot of misinformation has been spread online. Read this article for what is currently legal in the state of Illinois and how this Supreme Court ruling will affect current abortion access.

What It Means that Roe v. Wade Was Overturned

In 1973, Roe v. Wade established that a woman’s right to choose an abortion was protected by the “right to privacy” clause of the US Constitution.

In June 2022, the Supreme Court ruled in the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that there was not enough historical or legal precedent to justify the argument, and abortion was not a federally protected right.

How Legal is Abortion the State of Illinois?

Abortion is legal in Illinois up to the point of viability (no later than 20 weeks). After the point of viability, the only exception is endangerment of the mother’s life.

The type of abortion available to you depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Schedule your free pre-abortion evaluation today to learn what abortion you are able to receive.

What Happens Next? 

The recent Supreme Court ruling only affected abortion access, and will not affect other aspects of a woman’s reproductive health. If a woman has an ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or a natural miscarriage, prior treatment options will be unchanged.

If you’re considering an abortion, one of the best first steps is to schedule a health screening to ensure that your pregnancy is still viable, confirm the gestational age (which impacts abortion eligibility), as well as confirm whether or not it is ectopic.

Our clinic offers no-cost pregnancy services, such as an ultrasound. During an appointment, you can speak with our patient care team about pregnancy options and resources that are available to pregnant women. Contact us today to get the answers you need!