This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor
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outside the building, find out about the town, live normally. Often as not, the easiest thing was to spend the night at the office. I was afraid to walk home alone after dark. I had so much to do. I slept on the recliner in the recovery room. Staff would bring me coffee and bagels in the morning. Most of Dr. Balice’s staff stayed on to help me get things up and running, but did not intend to stay long term. That meant hiring new people. The responsibility of handpicking my staff was as exciting
her home in Madison. For hours they marched around and around her house. They believed that they could make her walls tumble down by divine intervention, like the walls of Jericho. In her case, it only galvanized neighborhood support for her work. Every one of us knows that we are likely on a hit list, that we are watched, our families are monitored, and our personal information is circulated by enemies who wish us harm. Being the target of deranged armed fanatics comes with the territory. The
make job changes. Did I have to keep providing abortions all my professional life? Why shouldn’t I explore other possibilities? Why shouldn’t I enjoy a more normal existence? I had other interests, other potential—why not? Friday morning. A work day in St. Paul. I was heading into a room to go through the informed consent material with a young patient who did not speak English. One of the staff came with me to serve as a translator. The patient had been driven almost two hundred miles for
him enough. His wife, Marypat Zitzer, and their three children, Eli, Sawyer, and Ruby, are family. Our agent, Kris Dahl with International Creative Management, was brave enough to take this on, for which we are very grateful. Thank you, Maryanne Vollers, for being the bridge. Some projects are more of a challenge than others, and we are honored that Lisa Kaufman and Susan Weinberg at PublicAffairs recognized the importance of this story and were willing to jump in with such a solid commitment.
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