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This common secret : my journey as an abortion doctor

by Wicklund, Susan.

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Braddock Carnegie Library Non Fiction 610.92 WIC
Location  Braddock Carnegie Library
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  610.92 WIC
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 610.92 Wic
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  610.92 Wic
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction R154.W47 A3 2007
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  R154.W47 A3 2007
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 pregnancy--and 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 states--and 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Whether one is pro-choice or not, there can be little doubt that the women Wicklund presents, who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy, face a life-changing situation. Nor can there be little doubt of their need for someone, anyone, to offer compassion and wise counsel. For Wicklund when she was in the same situation more than 30 years ago, there was no one. She underwent a safe, legal abortion that was, however, totally lacking in human kindness, and that was when she determined to devote herself to women's reproductive health as a midwife and, later, a physician. Once out of med school, she practiced first at one Midwest abortion clinic, then another, and eventually traveled between three states and three different clinics, all the while dodging aggressive anti-choice activists who threatened her and her family members' lives. As Wicklund endeavors to demonstrate, though her story is harrowing, the stories of the women she serves are becoming even more so as the number of obstacles blocking their reproductive choices increases, thanks to ever more conservative legislators.--Chavez, Donna Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In rational, compassionate and honest language, Wicklund chronicles more than 20 years as a medical doctor and women?s health provider with a "fundamental commitment to patients and to the cause of keeping reproductive rights safe and legal," a commitment that would put herself and her family under direct threat from anti-abortion extremists, and cause her to adopt disguises and even a personal bodyguard in order to continue her work. Wicklund?s story is gripping and poignant, not only for its numerous personal accounts-including Wicklund?s own experience terminating her pregnancy-but in her consideration of current and proposed reproductive rights legislation; in addition to eye-opening statistics ("In 2006, 87% of counties in the United States had no abortion provider"), Wicklund provides a fine resource guide for further reading. Though a digression concerning her parents? unrelated health issues derails the narrative, and she fails to discuss abortion law in other developed countries, this topical memoir will make a compelling read for anyone interested in women?s health and reproductive rights in America. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Wicklund, Susan.
Physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Abortion -- United States.
Publisher New York :Public Affairs,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Kesselheim, Alan S., 1952-
Language English
Description vii, 268 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781586484804 (hardcover)
158648480X (hardcover)
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