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.
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"(This Common Secret) teems with fascinating, often tragic stories... Wicklund's book is a compelling account of the hypocrisy and secrecy that surround this subject." The Guardian "This is shocking stuff, and goes a long way to explaining (Susan Wicklund's) extraordinary sense of being a woman on a mission... Her book... leaves a vivid impression of the damage inflicted on civil society when one side in an important debate resorts to terrorist tactics." The Times"See all Editorial Reviews
An extremely important book. Powerful, insightful. It changed my life forever, bless Susan Wicklunds heart.Published 23 days ago by Diana Vasquez
A cautionary tale about what it can mean to be an abortion provider, in days past and maybe again soon. Read morePublished 5 months ago by wendybee
Fascinating to hear from someone who works with this issue on a hands-on, daily basis. Just wish everyone would be willing to read it.Published 6 months ago by Dianne Lane
I am 100%pro-life and was curious how one makes the decision to become and stay an abortion doctor. This was an interesting read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anonymous
This book was great, as it explained the life of an abortion doctor. . Despite what most anti-choicers think, at the clnics Dr. Read morePublished 14 months ago by almond_bubble_tea
Many voices speaking on the so-called "abortion debate" focus on the definition of a human life, concepts of "deserving" vs "undeserving" women, and similar... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amber Viescas
I really suggest this book for anyone trying to understand other peoples' perspective and the lengths that some doctors will go to provide safe care for women. All women. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Meghan K
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... Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. Goddard
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... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Shiann Almquist