There is a lot of information available today for those in search of knowledge regarding legal abortions. We are here to assist you in your education and to make sure you get the best healthcare available. In the United States, legal abortions have specific guidelines. To assist you, here are some links to the laws in Illinois:
Each State has its own definition of what qualifies as a legal abortion. Please reference this link to see how each State law is defined. https://statelaws.findlaw.com/family-laws/abortion.html
Illinois has the least restrictive abortion laws and regulations. This State of Illinois link references all State of Illinois abortion laws: https://www2.illinois.gov/pages/results.aspx?k=abortion%20laws
In Illinois, legal abortions ARE included in medical benefits. (Reference: https://wqad.com/2019/01/22/pritzkers-executive-order-demands-abortion-reproductive-services-be-included-for-public-employees/) The Governor of Illinois is actively following through on making sure abortion care is part of medical insurance plans for state employees.(Reference: https://newschannel20.com/news/local/pritzker-illinois-will-be-the-most-progressive-state-for-abortion-rights) As a result, per WGN, more women coming to Illinois for abortions. (Reference: https://wgntv.com/2018/11/30/more-women-coming-to-illinois-for-abortions-report-says/) Illinois also pays for legal abortions for those that qualify with Medicaid benefits.
Family planning is one of the 10 great public health achievements of the twentieth century, on a par with such accomplishments as vaccination and advances in motor vehicle safety (CDC, 1999). (Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK215219/)
History of the Birth Control pill:
“In 1948, a small grant was awarded to biologists Gregory Pincus, John Rock, and M.C.Chang to conduct research into a birth control pill.
In 1956, the first large-scale human trial of the birth control pill was carried out in Puerto Rico.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the sale of pills for contraception on May 9, 1960. Within 5 years, 1 out of every 4 married women in the U.S. under the age of 45 had used the pill.”
History of the Abortion Pill:
Researchers at Roussel-Uclaf, a French pharmaceutical company, develop mifepristone in 1980. (Reference: https://www.webmd.com/women/news/20000928/brief-history-of-abortion-pill-in-us#1) In the United States, the FDA approved Mifeprex, the Abortion Pill, in 2000. (Reference: https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm111323.htm)
There are many options for Birth Control. For a pictorial reference guide, click Birth Control. (Link https://www.bedsider.org/methods)