The Janes (2022): a film screening and discussion

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Date: January 19, 2023
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Bernath Auditorium
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Movie/Film

Please join the Students for Reproductive Justice, Planned Parenthood of Michigan, Young Voices Action Collective, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program for a screening and discussion of the 2022 documentary The Janes


More about the film:

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."

Directed by Oscar-nominee Tia Lessin (HBO’s Trouble the Water) and Emmy-nominee Emma Pildes (HBO’s Jane Fonda in Five Acts), The Janes offers first-hand accounts from the women at the center of the group, many speaking on the record for the first time.

The Janes tells the story of a group of unlikely outlaws. 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.

This event is open to all. Sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Michigan.

January 2023