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Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice
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Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice

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In Life’s Work, an outspoken, Christian reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider (one of the few doctors to provide such services to women in Mississippi and Alabama) pulls from his personal and professional journeys 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—and in the hot bed of the pro-choice debate: the South. He soon thereafter traded in his private practice and his penthouse apartment in Hawaii for the life of an itinerant abortion provider, focusing most recently on women in the Deep 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, are slowly chipping away at the rights of women to control their own lives. In revealing his daily battle against mandatory waiting periods and bogus rules governing the width of hallways, Dr. Parker uncovers the growing number of strings attached to the right to choose and makes a powerful Christian case for championing reproductive rights.

Title:Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice
Edition Language:English
ISBN:1501151126
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:224 pages
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    Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice Reviews

  • Hillary
    Apr 04, 2017

    I saw Dr. Parker on The Daily Show and was so grateful for his impassioned advocacy of women's rights to agency and choice. I look forward to reading this.***UPDATE***I've finished the book, and I lon...

  • Sarah
    Apr 16, 2017

    I admit that I went into this book totally biased by my admiration of Dr. Parker and his work, so maybe on its own it's really a 4-star book. But it's amazing and he is a hero and everyone should read...

  • Emily Bowles
    Mar 09, 2017

    With Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, Christian reproductive rights advocate and abortion service provider Dr. Willie Parker provides an insightful view of the relationship between faith an...

  • Mary Lou
    Apr 20, 2017

    Actually, 3.5 stars.....although I disagreed with some of the reasons why people (particularly white men) are pro-life, Dr. Parker gives a compelling argument for choice and I don't disagree with him....

  • Lauren Munoz
    Apr 14, 2017

    I was already predisposed to like this book, as I think Dr. Parker is nothing short of heroic, but I was surprised to find in its final pages a version of religion that seems pretty wonderful, leaving...

  • Michelle
    Apr 14, 2017

    The author of this book, a devout Christian who is also an abortion provider and advocate for women's health, has written a book everyone should read. I'll loan my copy if you're interested....

  • Diana Plaaten
    Apr 14, 2017

    Important and inspiring. Dr. Parker is a gift and his perspective is invaluable....

  • Bill
    Apr 13, 2017

    This is a very readable, earnest memoir which I would recommend that everyone read....

  • Allison Punch
    May 07, 2017

    THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE. A must read for anyone - whether pro-choice or not, but especially, especially if you are Christian. Dr. Willie Parker is many things: an OBGYN, a Christian, a Black man in Am...

  • Clinton Wilcox
    May 08, 2017

    It's not often I give a book a one star rating, but this book deserves it. I only have so many characters, so this is going to be an abridged review. You can find my full review on Amazon or on the Li...