A University of Chicago website dedicated to abortion access went live on June 6, immediately drawing criticism from some right-to-life groups. The site, entitled Accessing Abortion in Illinois: A Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers, has been criticized for some of its information and its accessibility to students.
The online guide, which is addressed to health-care and social service providers in Illinois, includes, among other things, a background on the prevalence of abortion, an overview of laws affecting abortion access in Illinois, a list of counseling options and resources, and help locating family planning clinics. It also has sub-pages on different types of abortion procedures, how to pay for an abortion, and links to care for patients with special considerations, such as victims of sexual assault or minors.
Illinois Right to Life released a statement criticizing the site on June 9, drawing attention from other right-to-life groups and publications, including sites such as College Fix, The Daily Caller,Illinois Review, Illinois Christian News, and others. In the statement, Executive Director Emily Zender criticized the guide for promoting one-sided information, specifically the guide’s negative characterization of crisis pregnancy centers and assurance of the safety of abortion.