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The Janes

chicago, illinois 1970s abortion abortion history

The Janes

Release Date: May 03, 2022

Year    :   2022
Slogan    :   «They didn't have a choice.»
Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   HBO Documentary Films, Pentimento Productions
Director    :   Tia Lessin, Emma Pildes
Producers    :   Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Susan Lacy, Jessica Levin, Emma Pildes, Sara Rodriguez, Daniel Arcana
Writers    :   
RunTime    :   101 mins.

Defying the state legislature that outlawed abortion, the Catholic Church that condemned it, and the Chicago Mob that was profiting from it, the members of “Jane” risked their personal and professional lives to support women with unwanted pregnancies. In the pre-Roe v. Wade era — a time when abortion was a crime in most states and even circulating information about abortion was a felony in Illinois — the Janes provided low-cost and free abortions to an estimated 11,000 women.

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