The Janes

The Janes (2022)

They didn't have a choice.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2022-05-03
  • User Rating: 5.5/10 from 34 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 41min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: HBO Documentary Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Directors: Tia Lessin, Emma Pildes.
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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 support women with unwanted pregnancies. 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.

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  • Heather Booth

    as Self
  • Judith Arcana

    as Self
  • Marie Leaner

    as Self
  • Diane Stevens

    as Self
  • Eleanor Oliver

    as Self
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    as Self (Archive Footage)
  • Walter Cronkite

    as Self (Archive Footage/Voice)
  • Hugh Hefner

    as Self (Archive Photos)
Production Nancy Abraham Executive Producer
Directing Tia Lessin Director
Production Lisa Heller Executive Producer
Production Susan Lacy Executive Producer
Production Jessica Levin Producer
Camera Keith Walker Director of Photography
Sound Marlena Grzaslewicz Dialogue Editor
Directing Emma Pildes Director
Production Emma Pildes Producer
Sound Jacob Ribicoff Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Matt Rigby Dialogue Editor
Production Sara Rodriguez Producer
Production Daniel Arcana Producer