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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there’s so much taboo

Diary Entry 77: Anonymous, 27 (Chicago, IL 2009)

Anonymous shares her story of seeking an abortion in Chicago.

(Published on December 23, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Oakland, CA)

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it’s still a cause of some grief

Diary Entry 47: C.D., 32 (Chicago, IL 2003)

C.D. shares her abortion experience in Chicago and the Japanese Buddhist ritual, Mizuko Kuyo, she undertook to process her abortion experience.

(Published on September 2, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Cambridge, MA)

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we were of use

Diary Entry 45: Judith,  71 (Chicago, IL, 1974)

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,  and her own abortion experience soon after the Roe v. Wade decision.

Judith Arcana is a writer – and a Jane, a member of the feminist underground service that helped more than eleven thousand women and girls have safe illegal abortions in Chicago before the Roe decision in January of 1973. She worked in the service for two years, and then taught classes on women’s health and sexuality for the Women’s Liberation School. Last year she published a fiction zine rooted in abortion service history (Keesha and Joanie and JANE ); her story collection about tattooing and abortion, called Hello. This is Jane. – is currently seeking a publisher. Visit Judith’s website: http://www.juditharcana.com/.

(Published on August 26, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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*For more information about JANE read Laura Kaplan’s book, The Story of Jane.

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you need to have agency in your life

Diary Entry 33: Robin, 54 (Chicago, IL, 1986, New York City, NY 1988 and Chicago, IL, 1991)

Robin shares her experiences with obtaining abortions as a graduate student and also shares her experience with a miscarriage.

(Published on July 1, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Los Angeles, CA)

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