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Jane: An Abortion Service
a video by Nell Lundy and Kate Kirtz-1996 (3.0 megabytes)

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Heather Booth founded what was to become the Abortion Counseling Service or "Jane" while she was a student at the University of Chicago in the 1960's. Here she talks about Jane's early days and why an abortion counseling service was so important to women at the time.

The Abortion Counseling Service began as an underground referral group. Eventually Jane members decided to perform the abortions themselves.

Former Jane members estimate that they performed more than 11,000 illegal abortions. Working under difficult clandestine conditions, Jane became legendary on the streets of Chicago for the quality of its care and the dedication of its members.

Note: This video is also available through our Jane Special Feature

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