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The Janes

The Janes - HBO




Female activists build an underground network for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions.

Matt Roush

Matt Roush says...

This documentary could hardly be timelier, as filmmakers Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes profile a group of seven women who, in the days before Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion nationally, created an underground network designed to provide safe and affordable illegal abortions for women with unwanted pregnancies. The film features first-hand interviews with the women, who called themselves “Jane” as a code name and were arrested in Chicago in the spring of 1972. Also participating: Some of the women who received abortions from The Janes, plus reflections from lawyers and doctors, including a man who helped teach The Janes how to perform the procedures safely.

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