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Title: Accessing Abortion in Illinois: A Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers | The University of Chicago

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... obtain a referral 1 Pregnant persons may also turn to social service providers such as social workers case managers counselors and ministers for help in making a decision about a pregnancy and to find information about abortion care In Illinois there are fewer than 40 providers offering abortion services and 92 of Illinois counties have no provider 2 As a result health and social service providers can be critically important in connecting individuals with abortion care While this guide may refer to women when discussing study results or use female pronouns in some instances we recognize that individuals seeking pregnancy counseling or abortion may not identify as women We encourage readers to keep this in mind and provide sensitive counseling and care References Godfrey EM Rubin SE Smith EJ Khare MM Gold M Women s preference for receiving abortion in primary care settings J Womens Health 2010 19 3 547 553 Jones RK Jerman J Abortion Incidence and Service Availability In the United States 2011 Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014 46 1 3 14 Reproductive Justice This guide focuses on providing resources to improve access to abortion but abortion is just one component of the sexual and reproductive life course Equal access to all pregnancy options is critical for individuals and the measure of such access should be considered through a reproductive justice framework A reproductive justice framework views reproductive choice through both human rights and social justice lenses The term reproductive justice encompasses the full range of reproductive desires including the right to be supported when choosing to have a child as well as when choosing not to have a child While the definition has evolved over time reproductive justice can be achieved when all people have the social political and economic power and resources to make...

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