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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A story in the New York Times (also discussed on the Feminist Law Professors blog) features a doctor named Susan Wicklund and her new book about experiences in reproductive health care and abortion services. With this book, called "This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor” (Public Affairs), Wicklund says she wants to promote open discussion about abortion.

Wicklund writes about the trials and tribulations of her 20-year career, her patients, and why her work is so rewarding. She also addresses policy around abortion and the impact on women. In response to restrictions on abortion, she had this to say:

“It’s so incredibly insulting. The 24-hour waiting period implies that women don’t think about it on their own and have to have the government forcing it on them. To me a lot of the abortion restrictions are about control of women, about power, and it’s insulting.”

All I'll say is that we're very fortunate to have compassionate and courageous doctors out there like Wicklund - someone who obviously understands the importance of access to reproductive health care and abortion services, and the way in which these services allow women to control their own futures.

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