Minors’ Access to Confidential Reproductive Health Care in Illinois
A Minor A minor is a person under the age of 18.
As a general rule, Illinois law requires a minor who seeks medical treatment to obtain the consent of a parent or guardian. However, there are several important exceptions, which are described below. A minor who understands the risks, benefits and proposed alternatives to certain health services may give informed consent as outlined in this card.
Minors Who May Consent to Medical Care
If a minor fits one of the following categories, she/he may consent to ALL health care evaluation and treatment without the consent of a parent or guardian:
The minor is legally married.
The minor is a parent.
The minor is pregnant.
The minor has been legally emancipated
by a court.
Specific Medical Care for Which a Minor May Give Consent:
Contraceptives and Pregnancy Testing
Health care personnel may provide confidential contraceptives and pregnancy tests to minors without parental consent if the minor is married, a parent or pregnant, is referred by a physician, clergyman or planned parenthood agency, or where a serious health hazard would be created by the failure to provide these services.