Episode 70: Jane: Abortion Before Roe

"Pregnant? Don't want to be? Call Jane." That was the catchphrase of the Chicago-based Abortion Counseling Service of Women's Liberation, better known as Jane. Before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal, the women of Jane provided safe, illegal, and affordable abortions to nearly 12,000 women in the Chicago area until seven "Janes" were arrested in 1972. In this episode of Can We Talk?, we hear from Jeanne Galatzer-Levy and Judith Arcana, two of the "Abortion Seven," as well as Jane founder Heather Booth.

Released December 21, 2021
  • Jane founder Heather Booth marching in a protest for free child care. Photo courtesy of Heather Booth. 

  • Jane member Jeanne Galatzer-Levy at a University of Chicago protest. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Galatzer-Levy. 

  • Jane member Judith (Pildes) Arcana. Photo courtesy of Judith Arcana. 

  • Jane Founder Heather Booth Marching in a Protest
  • Jane member Jeanne Galatzer-Levy at a University of Chicago Protest
  • Jane Member Judith Arcana


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 70: Jane: Abortion Before Roe." (Viewed on May 27, 2024) <http://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/jane-abortion-roe>.