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Abortion-rights protesters gather October 2 in Chicago for the “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally. (Photo by Sam Stroozas) Credit: Sam Stroozas

Good Friday morning, Evanston.

As well-publicized fights over abortion play out around the country, particularly in states like Texas and Mississippi, quieter changes to abortion access laws are being made closer to home.

On October 27, the Illinois House and Senate passed HB 370, the Youth Health and Safety Act. If signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker, it would repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act, which mandates that if anyone below the age of 18 wants to have an abortion, a health care provider must notify an adult family member at least 48 hours before the procedure.

But despite those protections, access to abortion here in Evanston is more complicated than it may seem.

A field trip of the Curry family to the Chicago Botanical Garden. (From “Hayden & Her Family,” photo by Stephanie Strauss)

A new documentary by local filmmaker May May Tchao that gets its national broadcast premiere Tuesday, November 23, profiles former Evanston residents Elizabeth and Jud Curry along with their 12 children, five of whom were adopted from overseas.

The movie is called “Hayden & Her Family,” but there is no single star in this ensemble film offering an unvarnished look at a clan as colorful and complicated as a vintage crazy quilt.

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Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

COVID-19 Update as of Nov. 18: 16 new cases in Evanston, 4,267 in the state. Evanston reported 54 new COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents in the week ending November 18, compared to 59 in the prior week.   

Gerald ‘Gerry’ R. Adler. Adler, 92, formerly of Evanston, died in his sleep of cardiac arrest on November 13.

St. Nick’s Fest December 4 and 5. Stop by St. Nicholas Church for Christmas trees, greenery accents, garlands, wreaths and more.

The 91st Annual Waa-Mu Show returns home to Cahn Auditorium. After two years of producing it virtually, the co-chairs of Northwestern University’s 91st Annual Waa-Mu Show have announced the show will move back to Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., on the Evanston campus.

City of Evanston announces Thanksgiving holiday schedule. Check out changes to the City’s trash collection services and facility hours during next week’s holiday.

Around the web

A brand new schedule, COVID-19 policies, and students in “shutdown mode”: Three months into in-person school, ETHS teachers reflect. Evanston educators shared their experiences venturing back into the classroom amid the second year of a pandemic.

Flush with federal money, Cook County board passes largest ever budget for 2022. The $8 billion budget focuses on programs designed to make the county a more equitable place to live.

Moderna, Pfizer Booster Shots For All Adults Could Soon Be Approved. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to give the green light for all adults to receive the boosters as early as this week.

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...