You're the Only One I've Told

You're the Only One I've Told
You're the Only One I've Told

You're the Only One I've Told

The Stories Behind Abortion
By Meera Shah


304 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Cloth, Mobipocket

Cloth, $28.99 (US $28.99) (CA $38.99)

ISBN 9781641603638

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2020)


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Chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic tells the myriad stories of diverse individuals whose abortion experiences bring vital and threatened reproductive rights to life
For a long time, when people asked Dr. Meera Shah what she did, she would tell them she was a doctor and leave it at that. But over the last few years, Shah decided it was time to be direct. "I'm an abortion provider," she will now say. And an interesting thing started to happen each time she met someone new. One by one, people would confide—at BBQs, at jury duty, in the middle of the greeting card aisle at Target— that in fact they'd had an abortion themselves. And the refrain was often the same: You're the only one I've told. This book collects those stories as they've been told to Shah to humanize abortion and to combat myths that persist in the discourse that surrounds it. An intentionally wide range of ages, races, socioeconomic factors and experiences, shows that abortion does not happen in a vacuum—it always occurs in a unique context. Today, abortion has become a core political litmus test for party loyalty. A healthcare issue that's so precious and foundational to reproductive, social, and economic freedom for millions of people is exploited by politicians who lack understanding or compassion about the context in which abortion occurs. Stories have power to break down stigmas and help us to empathize with those whose experiences are unlike our own. They can also help us find community and a shared sense of camaraderie over experiences just like ours. You're the Only One I've Told will do both.


"You're the Only One I've Told goes far beyond the headlines and political rhetoric to paint a moving, multifaceted, and deeply human picture of abortion. Dr. Meera Shah blends medical expertise and facts with personal accounts, resulting in a book that is as eye-opening as it is compelling." -Cecile Richards, author of Make Trouble  

"You're the Only One I've Told boldly breaks the silence around abortion that has served as a weapon for denying human rights and health care for far too long. Meera Shah places a wide range of engrossing abortion stories in their social, legal, and political contexts and spotlights the unjust toll restrictions on abortion access inflict. Her much-needed reproductive justice lens shows that abortion is not a cure for poverty and other structural inequities but is absolutely essential to ensuring freedom and equality. An illuminating and inspiring call for reproductive freedom for everyone." --Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body

"A clear-eyed and shame-free examination from a doctor on the frontlines, You're the Only One I've Told is the book the feminist movement has been waiting for. Everyone should read it." - Jessica Valenti, columnist & author of Sex Object: A Memoir  

"The courage and honesty in the writing of Dr. Meera Shah paints the clearest of pictures: abortion isn't a political tool. It is health care. Personal, moving and necessary--truly a must-read"  - Alyssa Mastromonaco, New York Times bestselling author and cohost of Crooked Media's #Hysteria podcast

"Through these compelling stories, Dr. Shah reveals the determination and the deliberations of people who seek abortion care. This book shows, as my research has confirmed, that people make the decision to end a pregnancy balancing their own responsibilities and visions for the future. With Dr. Shah as our guide, we see the compassion and thoughtfulness of people who dedicate their careers to providing abortions." -Diana Greene Foster, PhD, author of The Turnaway Study  

Author Biography

 Dr. Meera Shah is a family medicine physician practicing in New York, currently as the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, where she also serves as the director of Gender Affirming Care and director of HIV Prevention Services. Shah is a strong advocate for increasing abortion access in underserved areas as well as for increasing access to HIV prevention and treatment. A Fellow with the Physicians for Reproductive Health, Shah is dedicated to being a vocal advocate for sexual and reproductive health access for all people. In 2018, she was awarded Woman of Distinction by New York State Senator Brad Hoylman.