Ask for Jane: Meet the Underground Feminist Group That Provided Abortions Before Roe v. Wade

Ask for Jane: Meet the Underground Feminist Group That Provided Abortions Before Roe v. Wade
Ask for Jane: Meet the Underground Feminist Group That Provided Abortions Before Roe v. Wade

“Ask for Jane.” Those were the magic words that provided thousands of women access to safe abortions before the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. With abortion services outlawed in most of the country, women often had to risk their own lives in order to terminate pregnancy. So, in 1969, a group of women in Chicago decided to take matters into their own hands and set up a hotline, offering counseling and eventually providing abortion services themselves. To reach the underground feminist abortion service, all you had to do was call a phone number and ask for Jane. We speak with two former members of Jane: Laura Kaplan and Alice Fox. Laura Kaplan is the author of “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service.”

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