I heard Dr. Wicklund speak several months ago, reading from her book This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor. It was one of the most moving readings I'd been to in a long time, and many of us in the room were full-out sobbing as we listened to her story.
Dr Wicklund began as a self-avowed hippie living in a tent in the Midwest. In 1976, she her own abortion under awful circumstances, with a physician who was rough and uncaring. She went on to have a wonderful homebirth several years later, trained as a midwife, attended births herself and made the decision to go to medical school. When the opportunity to learn to provide abortions came up, she saw an unmet need and eventually opened her own clinic, determined to provide better care than the kind she recieved. Dr. Wicklund was personally targeted by violent anti-abortion protestors and the book also chronicles the lengths she went to to keep herself, her family and her staff safe. It's a powerful book and she's a great speaker.
Here is Dr. Wicklund reading at Women and Children First Bookstore in Chicago, filmed by Book TV. If you don't have time to watch the entire reading, Viva La Feminista has a great rundown of the evening.