This Common Secret: My Journey As an Abortion Doctor

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PublicAffairs, Dec 7, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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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.

 

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Review: This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor

User Review  - Sharyl - Goodreads

Dr. Susan Wicklund is possibly one of the most determined and driven people on earth. Her memoir, titled This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor is by turns moving, appalling, and ... Read full review

Review: This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor

User Review  - Tessa - Goodreads

As someone who was already pro-choice, this book reaffirmed my convictions, but more importantly it taught me new things. I knew that protestors gathered in front of clinics, spewing rhetoric, and I ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
11
Chapter Three
21
Chapter Four
35
Chapter Five
45
Chapter Six
65
Chapter Seven
87
Chapter Eight
111
Chapter Eleven
175
Chapter Twelve
193
Chapter Thirteen
211
Chapter Fourteen
227
Epilogue
249
Afterword
255
Acknowledgments
261
Further Information and Factual Resources
265

Chapter Nine
129
Chapter Ten
155

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About the author (2007)

Susan Wicklundhas worked in the field of women's reproductive health for more than twenty years. For much of that time she has been on the front lines of the abortion war, both as a doctor and as a spokeswoman for women's rights. She has been interviewed by numerous leading media outlets, including60 Minutesand "Fresh Air."Alan Kesselheimis a full-time freelance writer from Bozeman, Montana.This Common Secretis his ninth book.

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