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October 28, 2022

At the Movies: A 1960s secret abortion network in ‘Call Jane'

AP Film Writer

“Call Jane,” which opens in theaters today starring Elizabeth Banks, is set more than 50 years ago but it could hardly be more up-to-the-minute.

In Phyllis Nagy's “Call Jane,” Joy (Elizabeth Banks) is a 1960s housewife married to a defense attorney (Chris Messina) with a teenage daughter (Grace Edwards) and a baby on the way. A heart condition, though, threatens her life in childbirth. The only treatment, her doctor tells her, is “to not be pregnant.”

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