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The Story of Jane (Digital Audiobook)

The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service

By Laura Kaplan, Tavia Gilbert (Narrator)

Publication Date: March 12, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/25/2022)
Paperback (3/13/2019)
Compact Disc (3/13/2019)
MP3 CD (3/13/2019)
Compact Disc (3/13/2019)


First published in 1997, The Story of Jane recounts the evolution of Jane, the underground group in Chicago that performed abortion services before the procedure was legalized. An extraordinary history by one of its members, this is the first account of Jane's evolution, the conflicts within the group, and the impact its work had both on the women it helped and the members themselves.

This audiobook stands as a compelling testament to a woman's most essential freedom—control over her own body—and to the power of women helping women.

A movie based on the book, titled This Is Jane, has been produced by Amazon Studios, with Michelle Williams starring.

About the Author

Laura Kaplan was a member of Jane and founding member of the Emma Goldman Women's Health Center in Chicago. After moving to rural Wisconsin, she attended home births as a lay-midwife and established a shelter-based program for battered women. When she moved to the East Coast, she worked as an advocate for nursing home residents and was the managed care project director for Citizen Action of New York. She is on the board of the National Women's Health Network and has been involved in a variety of community projects. She continues to lecture about Jane.