PS: As a consultant on the film Ask for Jane, what was really vital to you in terms of the storytelling? What did you want to make sure the movie got right?
JA: It was interesting, new learning for me, because I'm not a movie person — although lately, movies are all over the place about abortion rights, both the ugly ones and the wonderful ones. I was particularly interested, as a writer, in the idea that these people were making a fiction film based, as they say in Hollywood, on a true story.
There are no characters here who are exactly me or any of these other women who really existed then. There are, instead, the characters created by the screenwriter, who was also the director, and being able to be on set with them was incredible, particularly because these were people who were going to make art out of our lives. And that was, of course, an intense kind of consideration for me.