This Common Secret

In Literature on November 4, 2008 at 7:02 pm

From high-school and college debate classes to senate and presidential candidates, abortion continues to be a topic of controversy.  Before the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973, 1.2 million women had illegal abortions annually.  5,000 of those each year resulted in death.  Susan Wicklund’s novel This Common Secret reveals the honest autobiographical odyssey of life as an abortion doctor. For more than 20 years Wicklund worked to provide quality care for her patients and to keep reproductive rights safe and legal, a cause that proved to be a monumental threat not only to herself, but to her family as well. Anti-abortion extremists were relentless and the crimes committed by these protesters within the last thirty years will leave you utterly appalled. 

Statistics and facts filter through the riveting narrative.  Dr. Wicklund describes so poetically her feelings stating, “that tissue represents potential, and the woman carrying it has to have the freedom and ability to nurture and grow that potential.  Not every seed that falls from a pine cone becomes a tree. Soil has to be fertile; climate and topography and timing have to be favorable.  If those ingredients are wrong, that potential growth never takes place.”


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