In the fall of 2012, the Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research, the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3), and the Urban Initiative of the National Institute for Reproductive Health held a roundtable discussion at the University of Chicago to explore the status of abortion access in Chicago through a reproductive justice lens. More than 50 participants working in fields connected to reproductive health, rights, justice, and well-being joined the discussion. The purpose of the discussion was to increase our understanding of current barriers to abortion in the Chicago area, suggest areas for further research, and identify opportunities to improve access. Several key proposals to improve abortion access emerged over the course of that day. One such proposal was the development of a guide for health and social service providers to help navigate clinical, legal and financial barriers to abortion access in Illinois.
We are grateful to the National Institute for Reproductive Health for funding development of this guide and the roundtable out of which it grew. We thank the roundtable participants for their insight and recommendations.
We also wish to thank a number of individuals who provided valuable contributions and feedback for different sections of this guide. Lastly, we thank Sara Newton and GPHAP Fellow Shoshana O’Brien for their significant research contributions to this toolkit.