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Parental Notification of Abortion Law

Illinois law requires Planned Parenthood of Illinois to notify a parent or adult family member if a woman age 17 or younger seeks an abortion, unless a judge gives a waiver. The adult family member does not have to give permission for the minor to have an abortion, but an adult family member must be notified.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is committed to making this process as smooth as possible for minors seeking abortions. Please see the Q&A below for answers to frequently asked questions.

If you would like to speak with a Planned Parenthood representative about the law, call 800.230.PLAN.

Download a copy of the parental notification of abortion letter (PDF).

Illinois Parental Notification of Abortion Act
Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act mean for teens who are seeking an abortion?
The law requires that an abortion provider in Illinois (such as Planned Parenthood) seeking to perform an abortion for a minor must give at least 48 hours notice to an adult family member of the pregnant minor. If you cannot or do not want to tell any one of your adult family members, you will need to go to court and get permission from a judge. See below for more information.

Who is considered a minor?
A minor is a person who is:
1. Under the age of 18,
2. Has never been married,
3. Has not been legally emancipated

Who is considered an adult family member?
A person at least 22 years old who is the parent, grandparent, step-parent living in the household, or legal guardian of the pregnant minor.

What if my adult family member does not want me to have an abortion?
As long as the adult family member is notified, the minor can obtain an abortion. This law only requires notification, not consent.

Does this law only apply for surgical abortions?
No. Parental notification is required for both surgical and medication abortions.

How is the adult family member notified?
We will notify the adult family member by phone. If we are unable to reach the adult family member after three tries, a certified letter will be sent.

An adult family member is coming with me for my appointment. Will that meet the notification requirement?
Yes. Your adult family member will have to sign a statement that says that he or she is your parent, grandparent, step-parent who lives with you or legal guardian, is at least 22 years old and is aware that you are having an abortion procedure. This statement will be put in your permanent medical record.

Can I ask my adult family member to sign a letter saying that they have been notified?
Yes. You can obtain an official letter that an adult family member can sign, stating that he or she knows you are having an abortion. The letter also certifies that the adult family member is at least 22 years old, states how they are related to you and that he or she does not need us to call or send a letter 48 hours before your abortion.

You will be required to sign a statement verifying that the letter comes from your parent, grandparent, step-parent who lives with you or legal guardian. This statement will be put in your permanent medical record.

A copy of the letter will also available at all 17 of our health centers.

Is there another option if I can't—or do not want—to notify an adult family member?
Yes. If you cannot or do not want to tell any one of your adult family members, you will need to go to court and get permission from a judge. If you decide that you would rather get permission from a judge than notify an adult family member, we can give you information to get free legal help to guide you through this process. Your identity will remain confidential through the judicial bypass procedure.

What happens if I live in another state but I want to have an abortion in Illinois?
All minors, including those from other states, must have an adult family member notified or go through the Illinois judicial bypass system.

What if a minor receives a waiver through judicial bypass in another state?
All minors who choose to terminate a pregnancy in Illinois, including minors from other states, must go through the Illinois judicial bypass system.

Have more questions?
Call us at 800.230.PLAN
or visit
Illinois Judicial Bypass Coordination Project.

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Parental Notification of Abortion Law (age 17 and under)