Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice

By Willie Parker, Dr Willie Parker
In this "vivid and companionable memoir of a remarkable life" (The New Yorker), an outspoken, Christian reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider reveals his personal and professional journeys in an effort to seize the moral high ground on the question of choice and reproductive justice.

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 people at all times.

In 2009, he stopped practicing obstetrics to focus entirely on providing safe abortions for women who need help the most--often women in poverty and women of color--in the hotbed of the pro-choice debate: the South. He thereafter traded in his private practice and his penthouse apartment in Hawaii for the life of an itinerant abortion provider, becoming one of the few doctors to provide such services in Mississippi and Alabama.

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. In revealing his daily battle against mandatory waiting periods and bogus rules, Dr. Parker makes a powerful Christian case for championing reproductive rights. "At a moment when reproductive health and rights are under attack...Dr. Parker's book is a beacon of hope and a call to action" (Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood).



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"At Planned Parenthood, our motto is 'care, no matter what' -- words that might as well have been written with Dr. Willie Parker in mind. At a moment when reproductive health and rights are under attack like never before, Dr. Parker's book is a beacon of hope and a call to action. In it, he transcends politics and cliche to show readers the world through the eyes of a doctor who approaches his work with humility, compassion, and defiance. Life's Work is inspiring, surprising, and very much needed. This book will change lives." --Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Dr. Willie Parker shares with readers in his powerful and insightful memoir, Life s Work, that the abortion clinic is a woman s world. With keen insight and passion, he allows us to see that world through the eyes of a compassionate, caring male doctor one who loves justice, who cares about female agency, who embraces gender equality, who believes women should have access to reproductive justice, and that includes abortion. Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, this is a book that everyone should read. It offers us a clear and compassionate understanding of what all woman and girls face as we claim our right to make decisions about our bodies.

-Bell Hooks, author of All About Love: New Visions and Feminism is for Everybody

"It says something deep about Life's Work and its author, Dr. Willie Parker, that you learn first not about him, but the women he serves as patients. As a poor southern boy who became a great doctor, he shows us how race and sex bias limit and kill, how possible it is to undo that bias with kindness, and how Christianity might actually include women. I wish everyone in America would read this book."

-Gloria Steinem




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Publisher Atria Books
Publish date 03/06/2018
Pages 240
ISBN-13 9781501151132
ISBN-10 1501151134
Language English

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