You're the Only One I've Told: The Stories Behind Abortion

You're the Only One I've Told: The Stories Behind Abortion

by Meera Shah


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For a long time, when people asked Dr. Meera Shah what she did, she would tell them she was a doctor and leave it at that. But over the last few years, Shah decided it was time to be direct. “I’m an abortion provider,” she will now say. And an interesting thing started to happen each time she met someone new. One by one, people would confide—at barbecues, at jury duty, in the middle of the greeting card aisle at Target—that in fact they’d had an abortion themselves. And the refrain was often the same: You’re the only one I’ve told. This book collects those stories as they’ve been told to Shah to humanize abortion and to combat myths that persist in the discourse that surrounds it. An intentionally wide range of ages, races, socioeconomic factors, and experiences shows that abortion always occurs in a unique context. Today, a healthcare issue that’s so precious and foundational to reproductive, social,  and economic freedom for millions of people is exploited by politicians who lack understanding or compassion about the context in which abortion occurs. Stories have power to break down stigmas and help us to empathize with those whose experiences are unlike our own. They can also help us find community and a shared sense of camaraderie over experiences just like ours. You’re the Only One I’ve Told will do both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641603638
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 106,212
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Meera Shah is a family medicine physician currently serving as the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic in New York. Shah is a strong advocate for increasing sexual and reproductive health access in underserved areas and to underserved communities. A Fellow with the Physicians for Reproductive Health, Shah is dedicated to calling out the injustices that keep people from exercising their autonomy. In 2018, she was awarded Woman of Distinction by New York State Senator Brad Hoylman.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Sara 33

2 Rose 49

3 Paige 67

4 Alex 79

5 Mary 91

6 Luna 105

7 Vandalia 115

8 Desiree 127

9 Gwen 141

10 Kham 155

11 Mateo 167

12 Charlotte 183

13 Maya 195

14 Hannah 211

15 Noor 221

16 Jane 233

17 Sally 255

Call to Action 271

Acknowledgments 289

Notes 289

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