This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctorby Susan Wicklund, Alex Kesselheim
Pub. Date: 12/29/2008
In This Common Secret Dr. Susan Wicklund chronicles her emotional and dramatic twenty-year career on the front lines of the abortion war. Growing up in working class, rural Wisconsin, Wicklund had her own painful abortion at a young age. It was not until she became a doctor that she realized how many women shared her ordeal of an unwanted pregnancyand/i>… See more details below
In This Common Secret Dr. Susan Wicklund chronicles her emotional and dramatic twenty-year career on the front lines of the abortion war. Growing up in working class, rural Wisconsin, Wicklund had her own painful abortion at a young age. It was not until she became a doctor that she realized how many women shared her ordeal of an unwanted pregnancyand how hidden this common experience remains.
This is the story of Susan's love for a profession that means listening to women and helping them through one of the most pivotal and controversial events in their lives. Hers is also a calling that means sleeping on planes and commuting between clinics in different statesand that requires her to wear a bulletproof vest and to carry a .38 caliber revolver. This is also the story of the women whom Susan serves, women whose options are increasingly limited.
Through these intimate, complicated, and inspiring accounts, Wicklund reveals the truth about the women's clinics that anti-abortion activists portray as little more than slaughterhouses for the unborn. As we enter the most fevered political fight over abortion America has ever seen, this raw and powerful memoir shows us what is at stake.
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Read this book in one sitting on the plane.
I sincerely appreciated Wicklund's raw approach to this book. She's not a writer by trade and admits it, but her story is so important. I am grateful to her for the courage to tell it so openly. Whatever your stance on the topic of abortion, this book is worth reading. Wicklund is honest about her own feelings and the events that happened to her and her family before and during her career. She admits her own flaws and presents a strong argument for adult, rational conversations rather than rash picketing and judgment. This book does not attempt to sway the reader one way or the other; it simply aims to tell the whole truth about what it is to provide safe womens' reproductive services in their entirety without the support of the communities that use them. Bravo Susan Wicklund!