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Elizabeth Moss (L) and Susan Sarandon will star in a movie about the Jane Collective, which provided safe abortions to some 12,000 women in the U.S., before the procedure was legalized. (Frazer Harrison/Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Moss (L) and Susan Sarandon will star in a movie about the Jane Collective, which provided safe abortions to some 12,000 women in the U.S., before the procedure was legalized. (Frazer Harrison/Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

'Call Jane'

Elizabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon to star in film about underground abortion collective

By WITW Staff on February 4, 2019

Elizabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon are teaming up on a new film about a clandestine network that helped thousands of women obtain abortions in the years before Roe v. Wade.

The movie, Call Jane, will feature Moss as a 1960s housewife who experiences complications during pregnancy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She stumbles upon the Jane Collective, a real activist organization that came into being in 1969. At the time, abortions were illegal nearly everywhere in the United States. Women seeking to terminate their pregnancies could call the “Janes,” and were initially led, blindfolded, to doctors willing to perform the procedure. But when the Janes found out how much patients were being charged — and discovered that their main abortion provider was not in fact a real doctor — they learned how to perform the procedure themselves, ultimately providing safe abortions to some 12,000 women.

Moss’ character not only utilizes the Jane Collective, but also becomes involved in its activist work. Sarandon will star as Virginia, one of the movement’s leaders. Sian Heder, known for her work on the film Tallulah, has signed on to direct.

“The Jane Collective is an important and fascinating part of our history, especially for women,” says Moss, who is also producing the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We see their story unfold through the eyes of Joy, a complex character who represents many women caught between one period of time and the next. It’s also frighteningly relevant and timely to be telling this story right now and I know, with Sian at the helm, it’s going to be an honest and brave film.”

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

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