It just wasn’t a good time

Abortion Diary Entry 150: Laura, 64 (New York, NY 1972 and Orlando, FL 1974)

Laura shares her experiences with abortion in the 1970s.

(Published on February 28, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Venice, FL)

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I wanted to be able to tell my own story

Abortion Diary Entry 149: Kassi U., 32 (Barre, Vermont 2004)

Kassi shares her abortion experience, and her journey of enlightenment after abortion, which she chronicles in her new book MAY CAUSE LOVE.

(Published on February 21, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Boston, MA)

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I’m really glad I had that choice

Abortion Diary Entry 146:  Abby A., 63 (Pasadena, CA 1970 and Los Angeles, CA 1986)

Abby shares her experiences seeking abortions in California at two very different times in her life. 

(Published on January 31, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Santa Monica, CA)

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Hello, this is Jane.

Abortion Diary Entry 145: Judith Arcana, 73

Judith Arcana shares her experiences as a Jane in The Abortion Counseling Service of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (usually known as JANE*), the underground abortion service in Chicago.  From 1968-1973, JANE provided over 11,000 people safe and affordable abortions, and abortion counseling. 

In August 2014, I posted the recording of my first interview with Judith.  In this second interview, she talks about who performed abortions for Jane, how she learned to perform abortions, and how women were counseled by the service.  She offers us a history lesson and her wisdom, both of which we must learn from in these uncertain times.

Judith Arcana is a writer – and a Jane, a member of the feminist underground service. She worked in the service for two years, and then taught classes on women’s health and sexuality for the Women’s Liberation School.   Judith writes books, poems, stories, and essays, and hosts Poetry and Everything on KBOO community radio in Oregon on the fourth Monday of every month at 10:00 pm.  She published a fiction zine rooted in abortion service history, Keesha and Joanie and JANE. Visit Judith’s website: http://www.juditharcana.com/home/

(Published on January 24, 2017| Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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*For more information about JANE read Judith’s books, poems, and essays, and Laura Kaplan’s book, The Story of Jane.

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I see it as one little aspect of a life full of events

Abortion Diary Entry 143: Katharina M., 28 (Karak, Jordan 2011)

Katharina shares her experience of having an abortion in Jordan with the help of Women on Web and talks about her activist work with Ciocia Basia, a Berlin based group that helps Polish women access abortion in Germany.

(Published on January 10, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Berlin, Germany)

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I want to be okay with it for myself

Abortion Diary Entry 142:  Anonymous, 19 (New York, NY 2015)

Anonymous shares her story of seeking an abortion as a high school senior in the New York City.

(Published on January 3, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New York, NY)

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