Kaplan's The Story of Jane(1995) is the definitive history
of the Abortion Counseling Service.
Laura Kaplan listened to a friend describe an abortion she had received
from Jane. Laura, who wanted to become active in women's liberation,
decided to join the group. The Service was already performing abortions
when she began counseling women. She remained a member until 1973,
when Jane disbanded.
reasons, Jane kept few written records so when Laura began working
on The Story of Jane, she had to rely heavily on interviews
with former Jane members, associates and clients. All names in the
book are pseudonyms, as many people did not want their real names
used. Kaplan also wanted to make her book a collective biography,
the story of a group of women, who calling themselves "Jane",
did some extraordinary things in an extraordinary time.
University of Chicago Press publishes the book
and has some short review excerpts. You may order the book
online from this link.
Now has a 1998 Pacifica Radio audio clip featuring
Gloria Feldt of Planned Parenthood, author Laura Kaplan
and former Jane volunteer Alice Fox. You will need the RealMedia
player to listen to the show. Download the RealMedia player HERE.