The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service (Paperback)

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About the Author


Laura Kaplan is a lifelong activist and a founding member of the Emma Goldman Women’s Health Center in Chicago. She is a contributor to Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Praise For…


“This is lively, nuanced history that brings to life the hopes, terrors, and disappointments of a movement committed to giving women control over their own bodies.”


The Story of Jane succeeds on the steam of Kaplan’s gripping subject and her moving belief in the power of small-scale change.”


“Kaplan’s 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.”


“A dramatic and important piece of women’s history.”


"A firsthand account of an underdocumented moment in the history of abortion and women's liberation. . . . [Kaplan's] powerful story will be invaluable to organizers, feminist historians, and anyone concerned about contemporary threats to personal liberty."


"As a study of this remarkable but little-known phenomenon, this book will be of value to anyone interested in women’s health, the women’s movement, and women’s reproductive health and rights, particularly now that those rights are coming under increasing attack."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780226625324
ISBN-10: 022662532X
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: March 13th, 2019
Pages: 342