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Illinois Abortion Laws

Code Section
720 ILCS 510/1, et seq.; 750 ILCS 70/1, et seq.

Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion
Use of any instrument, drug, or any other device to terminate pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant with an intention other than to increase the probability of live a birth, to preserve the life or health of the child after live birth, or to remove a dead fetus

Statutory Definition of Legal Abortion
If fetus nonviable and abortion not necessary to preserve mother’s health, M.D. must certify nonviability; if fetus is viable, abortion must be medically necessary to preserve life, health of mother; M.D. must certify this necessity

Fine to $1,000 and/or imprisonment 3 to 7 years for M.D. (Class 2 felony); if fetus could have survived with or without support and M.D. does not use method to keep it alive: Class 3 felony

48 hours prior to abortion procedure on an unmarried woman less than 18, written informed consent by minor and actual or constructive notice must be given to an adult family member; exceptions for medical emergency or judicial notice


Licensed M.D.

Inside Illinois Abortion Laws