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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"Moving, multifaceted, and deeply eye-opening as it is compelling” —Cecile Richards, author of Make Trouble 

At a time where reproductive rights are at risk, these vital stories of diverse individuals serve as a reminder of the importance of empathy, finding community and motivating advocacy 

For a long time, when people asked Dr. Meera Shah, Chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, what she did, she would tell them she was a doctor and leave it at that. But when she started to be direct about her work as an abortion provider an interesting thing started to happen: one by one, people would confide that they'd had an abortion themselves. The refrain was often the same: You're the only one I've told. 

This book collects these stories as they've been told to Shah to humanize abortion and to combat myths that persist in the discourse that surrounds it. A 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 the power to break down stigmas and help us to empathize with those whose experiences are unlike our own.  

A portion of proceeds will be donated to promote reproductive health access. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641603638
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 139,882
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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