The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service

Version: Unabridged
Author: Laura Kaplan
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Genres: Health & Wellness, North America
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Published In: March 2019
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 32 minutes
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First published in 1997, The Story of Jane recounts the evolution of Jane, the underground group in Chicago that performed abortion services before the procedure was legalized. An extraordinary history by one of its members, this is the first account of Jane's evolution, the conflicts within the group, and the impact its work had both on the women it helped and the members themselves. This book stands as a compelling testament to a woman's most essential freedom-control over her own body-and to the power of women helping women.

A movie based on the book, titled This is Jane, is being produced by Amazon Studios, with Michelle Williams attached to star.

Author Details

Author Details

Kaplan, Laura

Laura Kaplan was a member of Jane and founding member of the Emma Goldman Women's Health Center in Chicago. After moving to rural Wisconsin, she attended home births as a lay-midwife and established a shelter-based program for battered women. When she moved to the East Coast, she worked as an advocate for nursing home residents and was the managed care project director for Citizen Action of New York. She is on the board of the National Women's Health Network and has been involved in a variety of community projects. She continues to lecture about Jane.