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Jane: An Abortion Service
a video by Nell Lundy and Kate Kirtz-1995 (6.5 megabytes)

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In this video clip, Abortion Counseling Service (aka "Jane") volunteers talk about the actual process by which women received their abortions. They also reflect on the social and political issues that surrounded their work and why the 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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