Before ‘Roe v. Wade,’ the Women of ‘Jane’ Provided Abortions for the Women of Chicago

January 22, 2018

(NPR) – “Jane” was an underground network in Chicago that counseled and helped women who wanted to have abortions. The service was launched in 1965 by Heather Booth, then a 19-year-old student at the University of Chicago. Her friend’s sister was pregnant and desperately wanted an abortion. Booth found a doctor who was willing to perform the procedure secretly. More calls started coming in.

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