Articles about Jane
The Hyde Park Voices series on Jane: A good overview
of Jane from an alternative newspaper(1973). The series goes into great
detail about how Jane organized their abortion service and the many
personal, moral and medical challenges they faced.
Part II-The Abortion Counseling Service joins with the CWLU and organizes an abortion underground of its own.
Part III- Finding a solution to the problem of long term pregnancies leads the Service into doing actual medical procedures.
Part IV- The Service has a close brush with tragedy and performs its first unassisted D&C.
Part V - Doing more of the abortions themselves leads to new challenges for the Service.
Part VI- The Service learns how to obtain medical instruments and drugs while trying to avoid police attention.
The Bust: In May
of 1972 seven Jane members were arrested for performing illegal abortions.The
following are newspaper accounts from the time.
Modern Articles on the Abortion Counseling
Ruth Surgal by
Estelle Carol. A brief statement read by Herstory Project
Coordinator Estelle Carol at Ruth's funeral services.(September
Surgal Obituary by Imran Vittachi. The Chicago
Tribune obituary for Ruth
Surgal (September 2004)
Surgal Obituary by Monifa Thomas. The Chicago
Sun-Times obituary for Ruth Surgal (September 2004)
I Speak to Jane? By
Jessica and Carmen. A paper originally written for the Chicago
Metro History Fair by two Chicago grade school students.(Spring
reproduced from Womankind