Doctor Susan Wicklund is a long time abortion provider who is one of the most visible abortion providers in the country. She has been an outspoken, tell it like it is advocate for women who are seeking abortions.
When she was in her early 20s she became pregnant. She ultimately had an abortion but it was very unpleasant experience. Determined to make sure other women had a better experienced, she ultimately earned a medical degree. Today, she is the owner of the Mountain Country Women’s Clinic in Livingston, Montana.
Over the years, Doctor Wicklund and her family were the targets of anti-abortion extremists who mentally tortured her for years. She was the target of numerous protests at her home, stalked in airports, subjected to late night anonymous phone and other anti-abortion terrorist activities. Still, she persevered. Indeed, she became more outspoken about her work, testifying before Congress, holding press conferences, encouraging other doctors to join her in her field.
Her main goal, however, is to help de-stigmatize the abortion process. “We don’t talk about it,” she once said in an interview.” “People say, ‘Nobody I know has ever had an abortion,’ and that is just not true. Their sisters, their mothers have had abortions.” “Because it is such a secret,” she said, “we lose sight of how common it is.”
Doctor Wicklund acknowledges that abortion is a difficult issue. In her book, she describes witnessing, as a medical student, the abortion of a 21-week fetus and said that the sight of its tiny arm she decided she would perform abortions only in the first trimester of pregnancy. She says late-term abortions should be legal, but her decision means she occasionally sees desperate women she must refuse to help.
Doctor Sue Wicklund is one of the true heroines of the abortion provider movement.