For any woman, facing an unplanned pregnancy is a daunting challenge. If you are a minor (17 years old or younger), it can be even more overwhelming. You may also wonder, “Can I get an abortion without telling my parents?”
At Avenue Women’s Center we have been serving women of all ages in the Chicagoland area for over 35 years. We can help you with this question, as well as the many others you may be asking. Please call or text us for caring and confidential assistance. Many of our services are available to you free of charge.
If you are asking, “Can I get an abortion without telling my parents?” here are a few basic answers.
- Requirements for parental consent or notification vary depending on the state where you live.
- In Illinois, a law impacts anyone under 18 years of age. It requires that before an abortion can be performed on you, notice must be given to one of your parents, a step-parent living in the household, a grandparent or a legal guardian. The notice informing them that you are seeking an abortion must be given at least 48 hours prior to the procedure.
- If you feel that you can’t notify an adult family member, you have an option to go to court and get permission by a judge through a legal waiver.
- This law applies for either a surgical abortion or a medication abortion (the “abortion pill”).
- It also applies if you live in another state and want to have an abortion in Illinois.
We understand how difficult your situation may be. Whether it’s helping you with ways to talk with your parents about it, or answering any of the other questions you may have about pregnancy and abortion, we want to help and support you.
You can meet with one of our caring, non-judgmental counselors at one of our five DuPage County locations, or have a conversation with us by phone, email or text. Talking with Avenue Women’s Center is confidential and will not be reported in any way to your parents. Our offices are in Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn / Lombard, Naperville, and Wood Dale Illinois. You can contact us by calling, texting, or chatting with us. We are here for you.
The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.