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Author Reading: Dr. Willie Parker

  • Women & Children First Bookstore 5233 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60640 United States (map)

Join us as we welcome Dr. Willie Parker for a reading, Q&A, and book-signing for LIFE'S WORK: A MORAL ARGUMENT FOR CHOICE.

IN LIFE'S WORK, Dr. Willie Parker, one of the few doctors to provide abortion services to women in Mississippi and Alabama, pulls from his personal and professional life as well as the scientific training he received as a doctor to reveal how he came to believe, unequivocally, that helping women in need, without judgment, is precisely the Christian thing to do.

Dr. Willie Parker grew up in the Deep South, lived in a Christian household, and converted to an even more fundamentalist form of Christianity as a young man. But upon reading an interpretation of the Good Samaritan in a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he realized that in order to be a true Christian, he must show compassion for all women, regardless of their needs. In 2009, he stopped practicing obstetrics to focus entirely on providing safe abortions for the women who need help the most--often women in poverty and women of color--in the South.

In Life's Work , Dr. Willie Parker tells a deeply personal and thought-provoking narrative that illuminates the complex societal, political, religious, and personal realities of abortion in the United States from the unique perspective of someone who performs them and defends the right to do so every day. He also looks at how a new wave of anti-abortion activism, aimed at making incremental changes in laws and regulations state by state, is slowly chipping away at the rights of women to control their own lives.

This event is co-sponsored by Personal PAC