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by Alex Kesselheim,Susan Wicklund

This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor download ebook
ISBN:
1586486470
ISBN13:
978-1586486471
Author:
Alex Kesselheim,Susan Wicklund
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PublicAffairs; Reprint edition (December 30, 2008)
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288 pages
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1955 kb
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In This Common Secret Dr. Susan Wicklund chronicles her emotional and dramatic twenty-year . 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.

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. She has been interviewed by numerous leading media outlets, including 60 Minutes and "Fresh Ai. Alan Kesselheim is a full-time freelance writer from Bozeman, Montana. This Common Secret is his ninth book.

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With This Common Secret, Dr. Susan Wicklund chronicles her twenty-year career in the vanguard of the abortion war. Growing up in working-class rural Wisconsin, Susan made the painful decision to have an abortion at a young. Growing up in working-class rural Wisconsin, Susan made the painful decision to have an abortion at a young ag.

Wicklund's book, This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor, was co-written with Alan Kesselheim and published by PublicAffairs in 2007; it is a. a b c d Wicklund, Susan; Kesselheim, Alan S. (2007).

Wicklund's book, This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor, was co-written with Alan Kesselheim and published by PublicAffairs in 2007; it is a memoir that includes her own life and some of her patients' stories. The title refers to the procedure of abortion, which is "common" in that almost 40% of American women have an abortion at some. point in their lives-making it more prevalent than wisdom tooth removal or tonsillectomy-and a "secret" in that individual women are often ashamed of or reluctant to speak about their abortions. Susan Wicklund chronicles her emotion. Dr. Susan Wicklund worked in women's reproductive health for over twenty years. What I learned from this book is that being an abortion doctor is a very isolating experience. Above all, however, I think this is a good book for anyone considering an abortion herself, or for their family or friends or partners who are trying to understand what an abortion is about. In that capacity, she was often the only doctor who would perform abortions in many areas of midwestern or rural states, such as Montana and Minnesota.

I holed up, lost myself in chores and projects. s on, and walked down the dirt. s on, and walked down the dirt road. For entire afternoons I occupied myself making tiles in a neighbor’s ceramic studio. Weeks went past in the flurry of distractions and in my determined state of denial. I wasn’t ready to cope. Then, one evening, I was cleaning out a closet when I happened on a box of stuff I hadn’t looked at in years.

The narrative has a somewhat slapdash feel - a journal entry on one page, a flurry of statistics on the next - and, though recounted in the first person, lacks a distinctive voice, perhaps because the book was written with a co-author.

My Journey as an Abortion Doctor. In 1980, Wicklund was a 26-year-old single mother on welfare. When a mentor advised her to become a doctor, she debated and then tried it, discovered she was a top student and zipped through college and medical school. by Susan Wicklund with Alan Kesselheim. Settling on a career in women’s health, she devoted herself to traveling around the Upper Midwest performing legal abortions at various clinics.

But Wicklund is a US doctor, writing from a US perspective, and her book confirms that the debate there is much more rancorous and polarised than in this country. Wicklund became a doctor because she wanted to help thousands of women who were risking their lives by having back-street abortions or too afraid to seek a legal termination. I am not sure that British women feel anything like the degree of shame that surrounds the subject in the US, where the Religious.

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.

Reviews:
  • Landarn
This is an excellent resource for people who want to inform themselves. Wicklund's story is important because it records with great compassion the range of women she has served and the myriad of barriers both she and her patients have endured.
  • Bulace
This book, This Common Secret, by Dr. Susan Wicklund, provides us with an interesting and emotional account of the war between modern women's reproductive medical services and religious zealotry in America from the perspective of a women's doctor. There were many revealing and interesting stories including where on occasion one of the protesters finds herself pregnant and becomes a patient at the clinic where she protests. This account also reveals why it is so dangerous to become a physician who is a abortion provider in America, particularly in states where clinics have been bombed, vandalized, destroyed by arson, patients have been harassed, and doctors and their protectors have been murdered, all in the name of a deity. This account also reveals the lack of science literacy in America where basic deficiencies in the high school level understanding of human reproductive biology and religious fundamentalism combine to manifest a dangerous level of ignorance. Read this, and When Abortion was A Crime by Leslie Reagan, and you will not only attain a higher understanding of the abortion issue but also you will see that it is immoral for this nation to return to the days of the aseptic back room abortion. For those of us who have women in our lives who we love, a wife, a daughter, a mother, an aunt, a friend, or any other loved one, please read this book, it will change your heart.
  • Mavivasa
Excellent and insightful read by a true hero in the medical world. Highly recommend if you are interested in learning more about the personal experiences and battles of someone who has fought to provide safe, legal abortions to patients, and the repercussions we might face if we were to lose this right.
  • Runeshaper
An amazing read. Susan Wicklund documents our fight for choice in an easy-to-read, empathetic, and captivating novel that has made me both laugh and cry. I have recommended this book to every feminist and every woman I know who is on the fence about reproductive rights. This highlights our need for affordable, safe, accessible, legal abortions.
  • skyjettttt
Such a great story! It really makes you think about all the politics surrounding abortions, and how intense that experience is not only for the patients, but for the doctors and clinic staff as well. I can't recommend it enough!
  • Delaath
As a nurse who is 100% pro-choice, pro-homebirth, and pro-midwifery, I must say that I really liked this book. Dr. Wicklund is an amazing woman and is now one of my heroes. As I said before, I am stanchly pro-choice and I aspire to be a homebirth midwife. To many anti-choice people, this may seem like a contradiction, but's it's really not. Some of them operate under the misconception that being pro-choice means that you hate children and want all women to have abortions. This book shows that's 100% false. I was pleasantly surprised to read that Dr. Wicklund not only gave birth to her own daughter at home, but also attended several homebirths as a lay-midwife in the 70s before going to medical school. In the book, she speaks how much she loved attending homebirths and her co-author mentions in the back of the book that she attended his daughter's birth at home after she opened her abortion clinic. Most of the people in my family are anti-choice and cannot understand how I can be both pro-choice and pro-homebirth, so I was very happy to find out that I'm not the only one who supports both.

I also loved reading her stories about her clinic and how she stood up to the protestors and the people who threatened her. The story about the aunt and uncle who came down to try to stop their niece's abortion and scared the staff had me on the edge of the seat. I love the way Dr. Wicklund and her staff handled that situation and I also loved how they got that little girl away from her sex-offender father. She's willing to fight for what she believes in and will not allow herself to be bullied. It takes a lot of guts to go face to face with people who openly state that they want you dead. I really admire her spirit, and that is why I consider her to be a hero. While I was reading the book I decided to look Dr. Wicklund up on the internet and was happy to find out that she is still providing abortions and well woman care at another clinic. We definitely need more doctors like Dr. Wicklund!

So if you are a doctor, nurse, midwife, or just someone interested in fighting for women's rights, I highly recommend that you read this book. It will inspire you and give you a better understanding about why abortion should remain legal.
  • Punind
I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone who is interested in learning about women's reproduction regarding abortion behind the scenes, not only the procedure but the emotion that comes with it. Not only the struggle for the patient but for the provider as well. Also, I would say this is a good read for women who have had abortions, there are many stories shared of patients who have circumstances or particular reasoning behind their unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, and I feel it might help the healing process by being able to relate to some of the brief stories shared. I feel like this is a book for any and everyone after you read this book you can't look at abortion the same way.There is no bias, it's not claiming abortion is the right thing or wrong thing, but an option that is there. Susan Wicklund is a true fighter for women.