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Dr. Willie Parker’s book makes the Christian case for reproductive rights: he visits LB Books on Jan 18

On Thurs, Jan 18 at 6 p.m., Laguna Beach Books (LBB) welcomes Dr. Willie Parker, who will be discussing his new book, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice. Dr. Parker, an outspoken OB/GYN, 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 to reveal how he came to believe, unequivocally, that helping women in need, without judgment, is the Christian thing to do. 

Dr. 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 to be a true Christian, he must show compassion for all women regardless of their needs. 

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Dr. Willie Parker appears at LBB on Thurs, Jan 18

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. 

In Life’s Work, Dr. Parker reveals a thought-provoking narrative that illuminates the complex societal, political, religious, and personal realities of abortion in the US from his unique perspective. 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. 

A unique and thought-provoking narrative on abortion in the US

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. 

Dr. Willie Parker sits on the board of institutions at the forefront of the fight for reproductive justice, including as the chair-elect of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health. He is the recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, an honor also bestowed upon Hillary Clinton and Jane Fonda, and appeared on Ebony’s Power 100 list. 

A fascinating profile on Dr. Parker in Esquire sparked national interest in 2014, and he is now the subject of Trapped (Trilogy Films), a documentary about the legal battle to keep abortion clinics in the South open.

LBB is located at 1200 S Coast Hwy, Ste 105, 949-494-4779. For more information, go to www.lagunabeachbooks.com.