Abortion doctor Willie Parker in conversation at Revolution Books in Harlem with Sunsara Taylor, about Dr. Parker's new memoir.
"No one on earth expects a large, bald black man in sweats and a baseball cap to be a doctor at all, let alone one of the last abortion doctors in the south," Parker writes in his memoir Life's Work: a Moral Argument for Choice.
The Trump-Pence fascist regime is committed to outlawing women's right to abortion across the U.S. And it is wielding its control over financial aid to international health organizations to deny women access to abortion and family planning around the world.
Willie Parker is a staunch advocate of women's right to abortion. He is putting his life on the line to perform abortions in several states in the south-- where abortion providers are facing daily threats of violence and murder from the Christian fascists that Mike Pence is now politically leading. .
Dr. Parker grew up in the Jim Crow south in an unheated shack in Wylam, Alabama-- a company town for a defunct coal mining company. The first in his family to go to college, he was an obstetrician living well in Hawaii when his experiences, and his Christian views, drove him to return to the south to help women routinely shamed for and denied the life-saving procedure of abortion.
This is a timely and important program. Willie Parker debunks the reactionary myths around abortion with scientific clarity and moral conviction. His life journey is remarkable, his example inspiring. He writes: "I could live with the awareness that someone might harm me. I am not so sure that I am brave enough to live with the awareness that I was too afraid to do what I knew to be right."
"...a vivid and companionable memoir of a remarkable life." (The New Yorker)
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