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In 1996, Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy released Jane: An Abortion Service with support from the Independent Television Service and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Based on extensive research and numerous interviews with both Jane volunteers and clients, it is a powerful tribute to the people who defied this nation's oppressive abortion laws in the dark days before the Roe vrs. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Abortion graphic In 1995, Dorothy Fadiman released From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion. Part of a three part series on the history of abortion called From the Back Alleys to the Supreme Court and Beyond, it features interviews with Jane leaders Ruth Surgal and Jody Parsons.

From Danger to Dignity places Jane within the larger political movement for reproductive rights and explores other "abortion underground" groups and individuals.The video has recently been translated into Spanish.


Jane: An Abortion Service

Women Make Movies distributes Jane: An Abortion Service and has further information about it.

The Austin Chronicle ran a review of the video written by Marjorie Baumgarten in 1998.

The Sundance Channel has a description of the video written for the Sundance Festival by Lisanne Skyler.

ITVS A press release from one of the groups that funded the video

From Danger to Dignity:
The Fight for Safe Abortion

Concentric Media distributes all the videos in the trilogy . They also have study guides and outreach material available if you would like to organize a screening.

The Reproductive Rights and Health Center has very complete descriptions of all three films in the trilogy as well as a conversation with filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman.

SUNY at Albany has a web audio adaptation of the trilogy. You will need the RealMedia Player which is available HERE.

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Left photo is from Nell Lundy and Kate Kirtz- Right photo is from Concentric Media