In The Janes, we meet the women who provided safe abortions before the 1973 Roe decision
On this edition of Your Call, we rebroadcast our discussion about The Janes, a documentary about an underground network of women who provided an estimated 11,000 safe, affordable, illegal abortions in Chicago from 1968 to 1973.
The Janes were ordinary women who risked their personal and professional lives to support women with unwanted pregnancies in the pre-Roe era. In The Janes, several original members of the collective tell their stories for the first time. How are The Janes reflecting on their work now that abortion is illegal in 11 states in 2022? What is the way forward?
Tia Lessin, award winning documentary filmmaker and co-director of The Janes
Emma Pildes, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and co-director of The Janes
Eileen Smith, original member of The Jane Collective
Diane Stevens, original member of The Jane Collective
The New Yorker: “The Janes” and the Power of Pro-Abortion Imagery