The Janes

Thu 07 July / Pálás 3 / 21:00

2022 / United States / 101 min / Documentary

In the spring of 1972, police raided an apartment on the South Side of Chicago. Seven women were arrested and charged. The accused were part of a clandestine network that defied the state legislature that outlawed abortion, the Catholic Church that condemned it, and the Chicago Mob that was profiting from it.
“There isn’t an unmemorable interview in the film.” — Hollywood Reporter
Using code names, blindfolds and safe houses to protect their identities and their work, they built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. They called themselves JANE.

Directors: Emma Pildes & Tia Lessin
Producers: Jessica Levin, Emma Pildes & Daniel Arcana

Principal funder