Underground abortion group in spotlight, 50 years on

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Washington (AFP) – Heather Booth was a student in Chicago in 1965 when she received a call from a friend in need. His sister, he said, was pregnant but not ready to have a child. She was “nearly suicidal.” Drawing on her contacts in the city, Booth helped the young woman find a doctor willing to perform an illegal abortion — in what she believed would be a one-off “act of goodwill.” “But word must have spread,” the 76-year-old said in an interview from her home in Washington, more than half a century later. That one act would grow into an underground network of women called “Jane,” whose memb…

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