After Roe in Illinois, abortion is legal until the unborn child is considered viable. Keep reading to find out more about your state’s post-Roe abortion laws.
THE BIG QUESTION
After Roe, does my state ban nearly all abortions or allow nearly all abortions?
Illinois allows nearly all abortions. It has established in its state law that every mother who becomes pregnant has a right to decide whether to continue her pregnancy or have an abortion. 775 Ill. Comp. Stat. 55 / 1-15.
MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE’S ABORTION LAWS
Below, we’ve summarized what abortion laws are in your state after Roe.
Abortion Limits, Exceptions and Enforcement
Limitations on abortions
If my state won’t ban all abortions, what are the limits to abortion?
Any aggrieved party may bring a civil lawsuit. 775 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 55/1-20.
Exceptions to any limitations
Are there any exceptions to those limitations placed on abortion?
An abortion may be performed after viability if it is necessary to protect the life or health of the mother. 775 Ill. Comp. Stat. 55 / 1-25.
Penalties for performing an illegal abortion
What are the penalties to abortion providers for committing an illegal abortion (one of the forms of abortion that my state has limited under the law)?
If an abortion is committed outside of the sole exception, the physician is guilty of intentional homicide of an unborn child and punishable with the same punishments as first-degree murder. 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5 / 9-1.2.
When abortion laws are violated, who can file a lawsuit to enforce their rights and the law?
The law provides no cause of action.
Special standards of care
Does my state impose a special medical standard of care on abortion providers?
Protecting Fundamental Rights
Does my state give parents the right to consent for their child to get an abortion?
Does my state have conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions?
Babies Born Alive
Are there legal protections for babies born alive following a botched abortion in my state?
Safety & Health of Women
Does an abortion have to be provided by a licensed physician in my state?
Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?
Does my state place any waiting requirement on abortion so that a mother has more time to decide?
MAKING A MORE PROLIFE ILLINOIS
Your state does not (yet!) have a state family policy council working on the issue of life at your state’s capitol. But the need to fight for life in your state is critical!
If you’re interested in helping start a state family policy council in Illinois, please contact us at: Mail@familypolicyalliance.com.
And, be sure to check out the good prolife work being done by our national allies as well and find a way to plug into the #AfterRoe movement!