ACLU of Georgia

Press Advisory: ACLU of Georgia, National Council of Jewish Women Host “JANE: An Abortion Service” an Award-Winning Documentary About Life Before Roe


Media contact: Ana Maria Rosato

Sponsors: ACLU of Georgia and National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section
Co-sponsors: ARC Southeast, Feminist Women’s Health Center, NAPAWF – Atlanta Chapter, NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia, Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates.

Film screening of Jane: Abortion Service, an award-winning documentary on a little-known chapter in women’s history that tells the story of the underground Chicago-based women’s group that performed nearly 12,000 safe, illegal abortions between 1969 and 1973.


Discussion to follow with Heather Booth, Jane’s founder, who will lead a lively conversation about those times and our current moment in the fight for reproductive freedom.


Plaza Theater 

1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE 

Atlanta, GA 30306


Sunday, September 8th at 3:00pm


With the recent passage of Georgia’s abortion ban, understand-ing life before Roe is all the more timely. We’ll be joined by organizations on the frontlines of challenging Georgia’s current abortion ban to draw lessons from the past as we prepare for the next steps in defending reproductive freedom. 



“Whatever our personal feelings about abortion, no one has the right to judge a woman’s circumstances. The voices of women have been overlooked as politicians seek to control women’s decisions. ‘Jane’ is about real women and the real decisions women make,” said Andrea Young, executive director, ACLU of Georgia.


 “Having grown up in a time before Roe, I know all too well the harrowing decisions women had to make. This film allows viewers – many of whom do not know life before Roe – to more deeply understand the risks women had to take,” stated Sherry Frank, President, National Council of Jewish Women Atlanta section. “Our hope is this spurs ongoing action to protect this fundamental right to choose we fought so hard for.”


“We fought for women’s freedom to determine when or whether to have a child, because we understood how fundamental this decision is for women and our families. The current attacks on reproductive rights across this country are a painful attempt to reassert control over women’s decisions with particularly harmful  impact on lower income women. Just as we did in the 1960s, we will continue to organize to protect women and our families,” stated Heather Booth, founder of JANE, an underground abortion service founded before Roe.