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WRITE ON: The courage of 'The Janes' needed

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Days before the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the nearly 50-year-old national right to abortion, I viewed “The Janes,” a 2022 HBO documentary about a clandestine group of women activists who helped arrange for women to get medically safe abortions in the years before Roe v. Wade.

The film is an inspiring tale of courage, cooperation, and compassion among women whose heroic efforts helped desperate pregnant women while risking criminal prosecution for what they were doing. It was a strong, all-female network getting it all done.

The name of the film comes from the pseudonym used in advertisements women responded to if they needed help. The ads listed a phone number and said, “Call Jane.”

It’s a well-told, well-directed tale of the hard work and the legal risks to everyone involved.

Spoiler alert: The film has a celebratory ending when Roe v. Wade becomes the law of the nation in 1973. The Janes faded into history after helping more than 11,000 women........

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