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)

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

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Diary Entry 44: Anonymous, 59 (New York, NY 1975, 1985 and 1985)

Anonymous shares her experiences obtaining abortions at different stages of her life.

(Published on August 26, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New York, NY)

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Diary Entry 43:  Amanda E., 29 (Barre, VT 2005)

Amanda shares her abortion experience and talks about writing a comic book about it. She also shares her experience with Emergency Contraception (Plan B).

(Published on August 19, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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Diary Entry 42:  Genesis, 24 (New York, NY, 2011 and 2012)

Genesis shares her abortion experiences, one medication abortion and one surgical abortion, as a college student in New York City.

(Published on August 19, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Amherst, MA)

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Diary Entry 41: Yael, 29 (Englewood, NJ, 2012)

Yael shares her experience with medication abortion.

(Published on August 12, 2014| Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Cambridge, MA)

 

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Diary Entry 40: Maryann Colella, 27 (Glover, VT 2011 and Barre, VT 2013)

Maryann share her experiences of obtaining two abortions, one surgical and one medication abortion.

(Published on August 12, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Cambridge, MA)

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Diary Entry 39: Serena Pérez, 45 (Quito, Ecuador 1989 and Sevilla, España 1992)

Serena comparte su experiencias con un aborto clandestino en Ecuador y otro aborto en España cuando era una inmigrante indocumentada. También nos cuenta sus experiencas con dos abortos espontáneos y de dar a luz a una de sus hijas.

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Serena shares her experiences of seeking a clandestine abortion in Ecuador and of obtaining an abortion in Spain as an undocumented immigrant. She also shares her experiences with two miscarriages and the birth of one of her daughters.

(Published on August 5, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Miami, FL)

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Diary Entry 38: Daisy, 30 (Olympia, WA 2006 and 2007)

Daisy shares her story of seeking two abortions as a college student in Washington.

(Published on August 5, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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