Abortion Underground II–JANE

Cross-posted with permission from Madama Ambi

"In the public discourse the fetus has been elevated to an equal status with a living, breathing human being.  More and more, women are viewed as the enemy of children, requiring the State’s intervention to protect their developing children from them.  But, in reality, women still conceive, nurture, give birth to and, in most cases, are the primary caregivers of children.  Women are being reduced, once again, to the incubators of future generations with total responsibility but no power.  That is the same oppressive view that the women’s movement sought to challenge.  It is not just abortion, but women’s power to control their destinies that is at stake."

These words were written in 1995 by Laura Kaplan, who was a member of Jane, the underground abortion service that developed in Chicago before abortion was legalized in Roe v. Wade.  In her book, The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service, Kaplan narrates an age-old story replayed in the context of the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s.  The story reminds us that abortion has been and will always be a decision "rooted in the concrete conditions" of a woman’s life.  

"She will weigh her decision and then try to act on it.  This is what women have always done, irrespective of the law or even of the risks to their own lives."

In this podcast, I connect The Story of Jane to the current abortion battles, and then read excerpts of Kaplan’s introduction to this riveting and relevant story for all women.

Listen at Cyberears.

This podcast is 20:00 min.

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