Based on Laura Kaplan’s nonfiction book The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service, the story follows a Chicago woman who founded and maintained the underground abortion service “Jane,” a group of women who taught themselves how to perform abortions in the years before Roe v. Wade. From 1968-73, they helped more than 11,000 women by providing safe – albeit illegal – services denied by the medical establishment. They also provided health education and counseling.
Peirce and Lesher have known each other since her first feature film in 1999, the breakout indie hit Boys Don’t Cry that earned Hilary Swank her first Best Actress Oscar. Peirce has since established herself in writing and directing with such work as I Love Dick, Halt and Catch Fire and Six as well as 2013’s Carrie and This Film Is Not Yet Rated.
The project will also be produced by Peter Heller, who initially optioned the book with Loflin and began developing the script.
Peirce is repped by Verve, Writ Large and law firm Jackoway Tyerman.