We are thrilled to announce the arrival of the 2015 Minors’ Access Card for the state of Illinois, available for download here.
In partnership with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union, Inc., the Great Lakes Regional Chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, and local physician experts who are part of our Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Program, we have updated this important resource to reflect current state law and statutes and organized the information so that it will be easily understood by clinic staff and medical professionals who work with teen populations.
This updated Minors’ Access Card clarifies Illinois state laws around confidentiality and parental notification and provides guidelines for clear communication between physicians and their patients, all of which are essential when providing services to adolescents on critical reproductive and sexual health topics.
Physicians for Reproductive Health is very thankful for the expertise of our colleagues above, and for the time and work they put into this. We encourage you to utilize all of our organizations as resources in the future and look forward to continued collaboration around improving access to and quality of care for teenagers in Illinois.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of founding Physicians member and friend, Dr. Howard Jones, at 104. A pioneer in medicine, Dr. Jones’ medical career and contributions to reproductive health care could not have been more varied, influential, or robust. Even late in life, he was a profound reproductive right advocate. Even past the age of 100, Dr. Jones was still publishing books and scholarly works. At 100, he submitted testimony on Physicians’ behalf in opposition to TRAP laws in Virginia. Dr. Jones wrote:
I remember the days before abortion was legal. I saw many patients who had self-induced abortions because at that time there was no legal way to end a pregnancy. I saw women who had become infected and had to be admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where I worked. These patients were often extremely ill and some of them died….This will happen again if legal abortion is not readily available to those who seek it.
Dr. Jones’ contributions to reproductive medicine are incomparable, and we feel privileged to have known him.