Illinois Overhauls Abortion Data Collection to Safeguard Privacy Post-Dobbs

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CHICAGO, IL – In response to recent amendments and the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is implementing significant changes to its abortion data collection methods. 

According to IDPH, the primary goal is to ensure the privacy and safety of abortion recipients and providers. Under the revised system, IDPH will share aggregate-level data, including the total number of abortions for both Illinois and out-of-state residents. Specific breakdowns by county and out-of-state statistics will no longer be reported. IDPH will provide additional information such as age ranges, gestational age, and a breakdown of procedural versus medically induced abortions. 

The latest data reveals that Illinois witnessed an increase in abortions from 46,243 in 2020 to 51,797 in 2021. Notably, out of the 2021 abortions, 11,307 were performed on out-of-state residents. Illinois remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting reproductive rights amidst evolving legal landscapes. 

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