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WBEZ: At a sold-out screening of ‘The Janes,’ Chicagoans get a history lesson — and marching orders

By: Courtney Kueppers

May 20, 2022


As a student at the University of Chicago in the ’60s, Heather Booth began connecting people seeking abortions with health care providers willing to assist. As the demand grew, so did her efforts.


She eventually founded the collective and, along with her fellow “Janes,” is the star of the film that chronicles the group’s clandestine efforts to help women in a pre-Roe world. They were also the stars Thursday night at the screening that kicked off the local Doc10 film festival, which will run throughout the weekend and screen 10 documentary films in total.




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