Abortions in Illinois are declining, echoing a national trend. Between 2010 and 2013, abortions decreased more than 2.5 in Illinois to 40,750. That is the lowest figure yet during a decades-long drop in abortions in the state. Illinois has less restrictive abortion laws than neighboring states. Each year, roughly 3,000 women from other states travel to Illinois for abortions, adding to the Illinois totals. Carole Brite of Planned Parenthood of Illinois attributes the state decline to women choosing effective birth control methods and limiting unintended pregnancies.

Il Supreme Court rules on parental notification law

Jul 12, 2013

The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday upheld a law that requires young women to notify their parents before getting an abortion. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, the decision ends a legal fight that goes all the way back to the 1990s.

For the first time since the law passed nearly two decades ago, women 17 and younger who want to have an abortion will have to get their parents' permission.