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Politics at the Movies: The Janes

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In recognition of Women’s History Month we are showing The Janes

Thursday, March 16, 6–9 p.m. in RSU Council Chambers

Dinner will be served and an informal conversation follows the movie.

In the spring of 1972, police raided an apartment on the South Side of Chicago where seven women who were part of a clandestine network were arrested and charged. Using code names, fronts, and safe houses to protect themselves and their work, the accused had built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. They called themselves "Jane." The Janes offers first-hand accounts from the women at the center of the group, many speaking on the record for the first time. Defying the state legislature that outlawed abortion, the Catholic Church that condemned it, and the Chicago Mob that was profiting from it, the members of Jane risked their personal and professional lives to help women in need. In the pre-Roe v. Wade era –– a time when abortion was a crime in most states and even circulating information about abortion was a felony in Illinois –– the Janes provided low-cost and free abortions to an estimated 11,000 women.

Politics at the Movies: The Janes