The website Deadline reports that there are not one but two movie projects attempting to glorify an underground abortion collective in Chicago that operated in the four years before the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision legalizing abortion.
One radical feminist at the Jezebel blog proclaimed this was a wonderful development “in a particularly fragile time for abortion rights.” She added, “Considering our current administration I’d say the more media we can get about underground abortion collectives, the better!”
Fragile? It’s debatable that the current Congress can even muster the votes to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s dominant abortion corporation, never mind passing any laws that would outlaw or seriously restrict abortions. Many pro-lifers would be relieved to just stop funding Planned Parenthood with our tax dollars. It’d be a baby step, sure. But something.
This friendly competition between productions began when Amazon Studios bought a film called “This Is Jane” that is based on the nonfiction book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service.” The operation was called the Jane Collective, based on the very average-sounding female name.
Stop at the word “legendary” and ask yourself: Would a movie about any mass murderer ever carry the word “legendary”?
Then, an indie film called “Ask for Jane” began production. It is based on work submitted to a film competition sponsored by the leftist movie producer Participant Media (these are the folks who produced Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”). The company’s films are designed to “inspire and compel social change.”
Abortion advocates always believe that producing horror stories about the era before the Roe decision will win the debate. “Ignorance” is always the defining quality of their opponents. “So many of the lawmakers trying to restrict abortion access (today) have never even considered the disparate reasons why a woman might be driven to seek one,” Cait Johnston, a producer and star of “Ask for Jane” told Deadline. “‘Ask For Jane’ beautifully depicts a few of their stories, and illustrates how vital it is to keep this procedure legal and safe.”