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Therapeutic Abortion in Illinois

What is meant by “Therapeutic Abortion”?

The term may sound technical or complicated, but its definition is relatively simple. A therapeutic abortion is an abortion that is induced after a medical diagnosis.

In spite of the simple definition, it’s not always easy to know what a doctor means when she or he uses the term.

Avenue Women’s Center is a limited medical clinic serving the Chicagoland area since 1981. We provide service and information that are the first steps for women facing an unexpected pregnancy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment right away.

Years ago, an abortion was considered to be “therapeutic” if continuing the pregnancy would put the life of the woman at risk, or if it was determined that the pregnancy had an incompatibility with life. Since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling, our understanding of therapeutic has changed to include terminations due to the mental health of the woman.

If you have been searching the phrase “therapeutic abortion,” it may be that you are facing an adverse diagnosis with your pregnancy. Have tests indicated that you may be facing Down Syndrome… Trisomy 18… Tay-Sachs….? Or do you yourself have a diagnosis that makes this the wrong time to be facing a pregnancy? Fighting a cancer battle or enduring other personal health concerns can be overwhelming without the added pressure of navigating pregnancy decisions.

At Avenue Women’s Center, we will do whatever we can to support you through this challenging season.

We have typical information about abortion, and we help any DuPage County woman with her questions. Are there abortion risks? What are abortion pill side effects? What about a late term abortion? Every day we are honored to walk alongside women who are exploring these questions.

But when your questions are “bigger than typical,” we are also here for you. Avenue Women’s Center is a nonprofit limited medical clinic. You can schedule a confidential consultation with one of our staff members in a caring, non-judgmental atmosphere. With five Chicagoland locations, we are here to support and help you with the unique questions you are facing. Please call us today.

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.