This Common Secret

This Common Secret

My Journey as An Abortion Doctor

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A female physician describes her dedication to helping women through the abortion experience, the dangers she faced as an abortion provider, and her thoughts on the abortion debate.

Perseus Publishing
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.


One doctor's raw and riveting memoir, contrasting the headline-grabbing political rhetoric with the contours of her life, and the lives of her patients


Blackwell North Amer
Wicklund was twenty-two years old and juggling three jobs in Portland, Oregon, when she endured a difficult abortion. Partly in response to that experience, she later embarked on an improbable life journey devoted to women's reproductive health, attending both undergraduate and medical school as a single mother. It was not until she became a doctor that she realized how many women share the ordeal of unwanted pregnancies - and how hidden this common experience remains.
Hers is an emotional and dramatic story covering twenty years on the front lines of the abortion war. For years Wicklund commuted between clinics in different states and disguised herself from protestors - often wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a .38 caliber revolver. Her daughter, Sonja, experienced seeing wanted posters with her mother's face on them and riding to school in police cars to get through the human blockades at the end of their driveway.
Wicklund also tells the stories of the women she serves, women whose options are increasingly limited: counseling sessions in which women confide that they had used combinations of herbs - or worse - to attempt a miscarriage; or patients who have been protesters, but then find themselves bearing an unwanted pregnancy; and women who claim to want an abortion, but nothing they say or do convinces Wicklund that the decision is whole-hearted.
This Common Secret brims with the compassion and urgency of a woman who has witnessed the struggles of real patients. It also offers an honest portrait of the clinics that anti-abortion activists portray as little more than slaughterhouses for the unborn. As we enter the most fevered political fight over abortion that America has ever seen, Wicklund's raw and revealing memoir shows us what is at stake.

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& Taylor

Describing her twenty-year career at the forefront of the abortion war, a female physician describes growing up in working-class, rural Wisconsin, her personal ordeal of an unwanted pregnancy and its influence, her dedication to helping women through the abortion experience, the dangers she confronts, and her thoughts on the abortion debate.

Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
Description: vii, 268 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781586484804
158648480X
Branch Call Number: 610.92 Wic
Additional Contributors: Kesselheim, Alan S., 1952-

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AQUILEA777
Jun 18, 2017

Abortionist authoress has convinced herself that Pro-Life side ("antis") are evil Christian fanatics who want only to control women, pp 60, 182 -- and that the human life destroyed by abortion has no significance at all.
--- She loathes the "infuriating righteousness" of protesters, p 69.
--- She denounces "a system that doesn't protect the weakest and poorest and most
vulnerable," pp 32-33 -- "the ones without power, without resources, without advocates, the
most vulnerable of our culture," p 186 -- without considering who the most vulnerable really
are.
--- "The legal and political furor focuses on the rights of embryonic tissue, not on the rights of women and young girls," p 167. But this bothersome tissue carries the complete genetic makeup of a new human being, and will soon be a baby unless killed -- which is the whole reason for aborting it. Half the lives the authoress destroys are female.
--- She aborts only to 14 weeks, pp 28, 151, but upholds partial birth abortions by others, p
167. She repeats the abortion-industry dogma that a fetus cannot feel pain -- at least not at
21 weeks, maybe longer, p 28.
--- "Abortion is about ... quality of life for infants," p 33 -- those whose mothers have spared
them.
--- Ironically, the authoress says she herself was fired by ruthless, greedy abortion clinic
management for showing too much concern for patients, pp 221-225.

wagner4 Oct 31, 2013

Please let's keep in mind that a life is snuffed out no matter any of the circumstances. We humans always want an easy way out of our predicaments . Time to face the music and do the right thing ladies.
How this Dr was painted as a hero is just a symptom of this misguided society we live in. I sympathize with women who face this horrible decision and who will suffer the emotional ramifications of abortion for the rest of their lives.

Barbara5060 Oct 31, 2013

This was a very realistic portrayal of where this country stands on abortion, from the point of view of an abortion provider. The threats to her life, her practice, her patients, and her peace of mind were difficult to read about. It is good to be reminded of the bravery and courage that exists in good people standing up for the powerless. It is distressing to read what is being put into law, making a difficult situation even more stressful. I recommend this book.

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labrys
Aug 25, 2013

Abortion is a legal right but women have meaningful access because of brave people like Dr.Wickland. This biography starts when she was single mother and follows her through challenging years when she provided abortion to rural states. Moving, inspiring and necessary for anyone who wants to make decisions about her own body.

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