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The Story of Jane: Abortion Rights Activism Pre-Roe and Today

  • Binnacle Books 321 Main St. Beacon, NY 12550 (map)

Please join us for a very special reading and discussion with LAURA KAPLAN, author of the newly reissued The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service.

100% of proceeds from events sales will be donated to the Abortion Care Network, to fund independent abortion clinics in states with restrictive laws.

LAURA KAPLAN is a lifelong activist and a founding member of the Emma Goldman Women’s Health Center in Chicago and of the JANE network. She is a contributor to Our Bodies, Ourselves. She lives in the Hudson Valley, NY.


"Weaving 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....Kaplan’s 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 Chronicle

"In the four years before the Supreme Court’s 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 Dealer

"The Story of Jane is a piece of women’s 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 women’s rights movement."—Seattle Weekly

"[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."—Publisher’s Weekly