Life's Work

Life's Work

From the Trenches, A Moral Argument for Choice

Book - 2017 | First 37 InkAtria Books hardcover edition.
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"An abortion provider and Christian reproductive justice advocate draws from his personal journey and professional scientific training 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 on providing safe abortions for the women who need help the most--often women in poverty and women in the South, the hotbed of the pro-choice debate. He soon thereafter traded in his private practice and his penthouse apartment in Hawaii for the life of an itinerant abortion provider, moving between Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Dr. Willie Parker tells a deeply personal and thought-provoking narrative, one 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 chipping away at the rights of women to control their own lives. In revealing his daily battle against mandatory waiting periods, bogus rules, and pseudoscience, Dr. Parker uncovers the growing number of strings attached to a woman's right to choose and makes a powerful Christian case for championing reproductive rights. "With phrases like 'pro-life' and 'culture of life,'" he writes, "the antis seized the moral high ground nearly forty years ago, and they retain it to this day, because abortion-rights activists ... have never mounted a significant religious or moral counterargument." Until now."--Jacket.
An outspoken, Christian reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider--one of the few doctors to provide such services to women in Mississippi and Alabama--draws from his personal and professional journeys as well as the scientific training he received as a doctor to reveal how he came to believe that helping women in need, without judgment, is precisely the Christian thing to do.
Publisher: New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2017.
Edition: First 37 InkAtria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501151125
1501151126
Branch Call Number: 363.4609 PARKER
Characteristics: 217 pages ; 23 cm

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denilou2
Nov 03, 2017

Dr. Parker has detailed his transformation from being a man swayed by religious beliefs to think that abortion is abhorent, to a man who passionately, tenaciously, helps and supports women who find themselves in the position of needing an abortion. His humanity, all our humanity, oozes from his personal, real, Life's Work. People who are pro-choice as well as those who think they are not, will find enlightenment buried in his prose.

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jlm2014
Jul 17, 2017

Important book to read for anyone wanting to understand abortion from the perspective of history, women, and law. It is especially refreshing to read from the viewpoint of a Christian man who happens to be a physician and who presents a well-developed argument to preserve a woman's legal right to choose without the impediments currently being placed by those who wish to abrogate that right.

Meatie_Zombie May 04, 2017

I was interested in this book from the pro-choice side to understand the point of view of someone coming from a deeply religious background. Dr. Willie Parker tells his story of coming to terms with his faith, science and the unjust views society puts on the women who have made their choice. I believe both sides of this issue should read his book to give greater understanding of what this argument truly means, not just in terms of religion but the duty we as a society have to protect a woman's right to accessible health care in all communities worldwide.

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