About the Book

This Common Secret

This Common Secret

My Journey as an Abortion Doctor
December 2008
Trade Paperback · 288 Pages
$15.99 U.S. · $18.50 CAN · £7.99 U.K. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781586486471


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Susan 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, going to medical school while raising a daughter. 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. This Common Secret is an emotional and dramatic story covering twenty years on the front lines of the abortion war. As we enter the most fevered political fight over abortion that America has ever seen, this raw and revealing memoir shows us what is at stake.

About the Authors

Susan Wicklund has worked in the field of womens 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 womens rights. She has been interviewed by numerous leading media outlets, including 60 Minutes and Fresh Air. Alan Kesselheim is a full-time freelance writer from Bozeman, Montana. This Common Secret is his ninth book.