Coming April 4, 2017

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Using his own story—his Southern roots, his identification with a Fundamentalist belief that abortion was wrong, the pivotal moment when he had change of heart—as well as those of the women he serves, Dr. Parker presents the Christian case for abortion.

Read New York Times Magazine’s interview with Dr. Willie Parker on why he changed his mind about abortion.

Read an excerpt from Life’s Work.

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“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

“Uniquely informed, extraordinarily empathic, and faith-deepened.  At [the] crossroads, Parker determined that the truly Christian thing to do regarding unwanted pregnancy is to give women the help they need.”

Booklist (starred review)

  “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 cliché to show readers the world through the eyes of a doctor who approaches his work with humility, compassion, and defiance.…This book will change lives.”

—Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

“This book puts to rest the notion that a deeply held religious faith is incompatible with a staunch support for legal and accessible abortion.”

—Carole Joffe, author, Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients and the Rest of Us; professor, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco

 “Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, this is a book that everyone should read.”

—bell hooks, author of All About Love: New Visions and Feminism is for Everybody

“At some point, we have to trust that people can deal with the reality of what this is, and keeping it hidden only enhances the stigma.”

—Dr. Willie Parker as quoted by Esquire

Read more from Dr. Parker in his opinion piece in The New York Times

“Dr. Willie Parker: The Real Work to Improve Abortion Access Starts Now” in Cosmopolitan

“Abortion Provider Dr. Willie Parker Says We Still Have a Lot of Work to Do” in Elle

Watch Dr. Parker’s TedX Talk:

Reproductive Justice: A different horizon

Learn more about Trapped

Trapped is a feature-length documentary from Emmy-nominated director Dawn Porter that follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers, including Dr. Willie Parker, who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.

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