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The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service Laura Kaplan

The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service

Laura Kaplan

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ISBN : 9780226424217
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334 pages
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In the four years before the Supreme Courts 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, most women determined to get abortions had to subject themselves to the power of illegal, unregulated abortionists...But a Chicago woman who happened to stumble across a secretMoreIn the four years before the Supreme Courts 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, most women determined to get abortions had to subject themselves to the power of illegal, unregulated abortionists...But a Chicago woman who happened to stumble across a secret organization code-named Jane had an alternative. Laura Kaplan, who joined Jane in 1971, has pieced together the histories of the anonymous (here identified only by pseudonyms), average-sounding women who transformed themselves into outlaws.—Cleveland Plain DealerThe Story of Jane is a piece of womens history in step with feminist theory demanding that women tell their own stories. It serves to remind people of an important and often overlooked moment in the womens rights movement.—Seattle WeeklyLaura Kaplans The Story of Jane is the first book to chronicle this controversial sliver of history, and it is a fascinating, if partisan, close-up of the group.—Newsday[Kaplan] draws on her personal recollections and interviews with Jane members and clients and the doctors who performed the abortions to provide a well-written, detailed history of this radical group.—Publishers WeeklyWeaving together the voices and memories of her former co-workers, Kaplan recounts how the group initially focused on counseling women and helping them find reliable, reasonably priced doctors....Kaplans account of this remarkable story recaptures the political idealism of the early 70s...23 years after Roe vs. Wade, the issues and memories raised by the books are close and all too relevant.—K Kaufmann, San Francisco ChronicleLaura Kaplans The Story of Jane is the first book to chronicle this controversial sliver of history, and it is a fascinating, if partisan, close-up of the group....The Story of Jane succeeds on the steam of Kaplans gripping subject and her moving belief in the power of small-scale change.—Cynthia Leive, New York NewsdayDuring the four years before the Supreme Courts Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in 1973, the 100 members of Jane helped some 11,000 women end their pregnancies....There is more in this remarkable book that will further raise eyebrows....Kaplans engrossing tales of the quiet courage of the women who risked their reputations and freedom to help others may remind many readers of other kinds of outlaws who have resisted tyranny throughout history.—Chicago Sun-Times