Join author Susan Wicklund, M.D., and co-author Alan Kesselheim of Bozeman, for a reading from her compelling new memoir.
Dr. Wicklund chronicles her emotional and dramatic 20-year career on the front lines of the abortion war. Through her intimate, complicated, and inspiring accounts, Wicklund reveals the truth about the womens clinics and the lives of her patients.
Whether one is pro-choice or not, there can be little doubt that the women Wicklund presents, who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy, face a life-changing situation. Nor can there be little doubt of their need for someone, anyone, to offer compassion and wise counsel. For Wicklund when she was in the same situation more than 30 years ago, there was no one. She underwent a safe, legal abortion that was, however, totally lacking in human kindness, and that was when she determined to devote herself to women's reproductive health as a midwife and, later, a physician.
Once out of med school, she practiced first at one Midwest abortion clinic, then another, and eventually traveled between three states and three different clinics, all the while dodging aggressive anti-choice activists who threatened her and her family members? lives.
As Wicklund endeavors to demonstrate, though her story is harrowing, the stories of the women she serves are becoming even more so as the number of obstacles blocking their reproductive choices increases, thanks to ever more conservative legislators. (booksense)