‘You have to stand up to illegitimate authority’: what veteran abortion activists can teach us in the Trump era
The pioneers who struggled for legalisation in the 60s are seeing the same battles being fought all over again
Sat 18 Jan 2020
The telephone sat in the dormitory hallway, and when it rang it might have been for any of the residents – young women in their teens and early 20s, all students at the University of Chicago. Calls came from family and friends and boyfriends, from colleagues and classmates and clubs. But sometimes the voice at the end of the line would ask for “Jane”.
This was 1965, and in Chicago the social justice movement was gathering pace – a new era that encompassed civil rights, student rights, women’s rights and resistance to the war in Vietnam. Among those involved was Heather Booth, a 19-year-old social sciences student from New York.
Former Member Of 'Jane' Abortion Service Remembers Time Before Roe v. Wade
July 29, 2019
A number of states have passed laws this year restricting access to abortion, raising concerns among activists that the debate could reach the Supreme Court and possibly lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
This was the 1973 decision that legalized abortion across the country. Laura Kaplan remembers a time before abortion was legal. She was a member of the Chicago group, Jane, also know as The Abortion Counseling Service of Women’s Liberation, which provided abortions to women illegally.
How to Prepare for a World Where Abortion Is Illegal
By Sady Doyle
Oct 18, 2018
The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court seems to have ushered in a kind of nuclear winter for the reproductive rights movement. Kavanaugh was selected from a list of “pro-life” justices committed to overturning Roe; thanks to him, abortion access will likely be curtailed even further in all 50 states.
We don’t yet know when or how Roe will fall. Women and trans people have been losing the right to abortion for decades — through the defunding and closure of abortion clinics, through restrictions imposed by the states, or through the Hyde Amendment, a federal ban on abortion funding which effectively prevents low-income women from getting care. Some advocates expect the loss to continue this way, with states being allowed to pass increasingly draconian bans. Others see a grimmer endgame in sight.
Code Name Jane: The Women Behind a Covert Abortion Network
In the years before abortion became legal, a clandestine group helped women with unwanted pregnancies get around the law.
Video: 7:57 minutes. Abortion Was Illegal. This Secret Group Defied the Law. By Retro Report
By Clyde Haberman
Oct. 14, 2018
The no-frills advertisement, printed at times in student and alternative newspapers, went straight to the point: “Pregnant? Don’t want to be? Call Jane.” A telephone number followed.
This was nearly half a century ago, when abortion was illegal almost everywhere in the country and alternative newspapers were in their heyday. There was no Jane, though, not literally anyway. Yet at the same time, Jane was anybody.