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VARIETY: Abortion Activists Depicted in ‘The Janes’ Sound Alarm About Possible Roe v. Wade Overturn

By: Addie Morfoot, Variety

May 20, 2022

Following Doc10 Film Festival’s opening night screening of “The Janes” on May 19, several original members The Jane Collective — an underground abortion clinic led by women in the pre-Roe v. Wade era — urged audience members to take to the streets and get focused on protecting women’s reproductive rights, now believed to be at risk with a new Supreme Court ruling in the works.


“The fight is not over,” said Marie Leaner, a former Jane. “It’s only just begun.”


“The Janes” is one of 10 docus that will screen during the four-day Chicago-based festival. The Doc10 screening of “The Janes,” which will debut on HBO June 8, drew more than 250 people — the festival’s largest crowd in its seven-year history. Ten former Janes were in attendance alongside the doc’s directors, Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes. The screening occurred just 17 days after a leaked Supreme Court opinion suggesting that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling legalizing abortion, may soon be overturned or reproductive rights drastically curtailed.





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