Saturday, April 13th, 7:30pm
Ask for Jane is a fictionalized version of the true story of the Jane Collective, a group of young women in 1969 who helped provide over 11,000 safe and illegal abortions in the years before Roe v. Wade.
“Jane” operated like a spy network, with blindfolding, multiple locations, and code names (everyone involved in the movement was called “Jane”) and a tense but complicated relationship with the local police.
The movie follows Rose, a “good girl” student at the University of Chicago who breaks out of her safe, middle-class life to help a desperate friend find a safe abortion.
Rose and her more radical counterpoint Janice begin providing the doctor’s number to anyone who needs it. After graduating, they decide to build an entire underground network of illegal abortion doctors willing to provide low-cost abortions for women in need.
Her conspirators include women from all walks of life and backgrounds (including wealthy women, rape victims, schoolteachers, and moms). They are also helped by Charlie, an attractive con-man abortion doctor (based on a real person), who eventually trains the young women to do abortions themselves.
The women of Jane were ultimately arrested for their crimes, but in the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision, all charges against them were eventually dismissed.