Calling All Future Physicians! JOIN THE CONVERSATION

June 08, 2022

Calling All Future Physicians! 

As early as this summer, abortion care may be illegal or extremely restricted in as many as 26 states,
should the US Supreme Court rule, as it is expected to, against recognition of federal protection of the right to abortion care,
effectively reversing the 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade. Regardless of its legal status, people have always needed abortion care.
And this is where hearing from people like Heather Booth, founder of Jane, enter the picture.

In the years before Roe, in Chicago, the women of Jane provided over 11,000 underground abortions.
They knew what they were doing was illegal, they also knew they were saving lives.

Join us for a compelling conversation with one woman among many who risked so much in order to
provide abortions in defiance of anti-abortion law in the years before Roe.


Thursday – June 16 at 8:00pmE – Join @AMSAnational Livestream

Call Jane: Providing Abortion Care in Pre-Roe America & Lessons for Today
A Conversation with Heather Booth

Sign-up for info at go.amsa.org/repro/livestream


Heather Booth
is one of the country’s leading strategists about progressive issue campaigns and driving issues in elections. She started organizing in the civil rights  and women’s movements of the 1960s. She started JANE, an underground abortion service in 1965, before Roe.

She was the founding Director and is now President of the Midwest Academy, training social change leaders and organizers. She has been involved in and managed political campaigns and was the Training Director of the Democratic National Committee. In 2000, she was the Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund, which helped to increase African American election turnout. She was the lead consultant, directing the founding of the Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2005.

In 2008, she was the director of the Health Care Campaign for the AFL-CIO. In 2009, she directed the campaign passing President Obama’s first budget. In 2010 she was the founding director of Americans for Financial Reform, fighting to regulate the financial industry. She was the national coordinator for the coalition around marriage equality and the 2013 Supreme Court decision. She was strategic advisor to the Alliance for Citizenship (the largest coalition of the immigration reform campaign). She was the field director for the 2017 campaign to stop the tax giveaways to millionaires and billionaires She directed Progressive and Seniors Outreach for the Biden/Harris campaign. She has been a consultant on many other issues and with many other organizations.

There is a film about her life in organizing, “Heather Booth: Changing the World.” It has been shown on PBS/World Channel stations around the country.  She was recently featured in a documentary about the underground abortion service in an HBO film at Sundance called The Janes and was portrayed in a film also at Sundance with Sigourney Weaver, named Call Jane.