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Minors’ Access to Confidential Reproductive Health Care in Illinois

A Minor A minor is a person under the age of 18.

Informed Consent

Illinois

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.

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