Rebecca McNutt's Reviews > The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service

The Story of Jane by Laura Kaplan
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it was amazing
bookshelves: women-s, non-fiction, law, human-rights, history

This book is obviously controversial, and naturally those who oppose abortion would be extremely put off of reading it. I do respect their opinion, as abortion is a very sensitive topic that deeply offends some people, but being pro-choice myself I believe this book is more important today than ever before. With recent legal and political debates in America about the continuing access to safe abortions in the age of Trump, The Story of Jane is a reminder that abortion is not about being selfish or finding any joy in going through the process - it's about the freedom to choose what's right for you.

The book takes readers back to the age of the late 1960's. The height of the sexual revolution and the anti-war movement, this was a time of great progress, but abortion was a territory still confusing and bothersome to many people. Abortion was illegal and many women who did get them were having it done in shady places by random strangers with no medical training, paying exorbitant amounts of cash for doctors to do it illegally and even doing it themselves. Jane was an underground movement seeking to provide women access to something safer. Written by a woman who lived it, The Story of Jane is not just about abortion but also about the various people from different backgrounds who made up this powerful group, the people they guided and the influence this movement had during the height of the hippie counterculture.
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September 11, 2018 – Shelved
September 11, 2018 – Shelved as: women-s
September 11, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction
September 11, 2018 – Shelved as: law
September 11, 2018 – Shelved as: human-rights
September 11, 2018 – Shelved as: history
September 11, 2018 – Finished Reading

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