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Life's Work
Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice | Dr. Willie Parker
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In Lifes 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 mostoften women in poverty and women of colorand 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 Lifes 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.
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alisahar
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My favorite books of 2017! All nonfiction, interestingly. #bestbooksof2017

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VeronicaWrites
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Everyone everywhere should read this book.

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24in48
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It's Monday! You survived! Crack open a bottle of wine and keep on counting down to #24in48 with us and today's pick, Life's Work by Dr. Willie Parker. This thoughtful and direct book is part memoir, part call to action, and fully worth adding to your #readathon stack for so many reasons. This book will enhance your understanding of what choice really looks like for women of all colors along the income and healthcare access spectrums.

TheBookAddict ? you had me at Rosé. ? 3y
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I want everyone to read this important book! Dr. Willie Parker is a Christian & an abortion doctor. He discusses his spiritual journey & how he went from opposing abortion to advocating for reproductive rights bc he believes being pro-choice is the Christian response to the issue. His argument is full of compassion, intelligence, & logic. He also goes into the devastating effects anti-abortion state laws have had on poor rural women. A must read!

mklong He also appears in the PBS documentary Trapped. It's streaming on Netflix and is well worth a watch 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Thanks for sharing this. Where I live this is literally the SINGLE issue that many people vote on. Coworkers would say things like "I don't like him, but he's not a baby killer." Ugggggghhhh. 3y
Reggie Its weird right? Some lawmakers are sick of paying for welfare and social programs and yet really only fund abstinence programs. Its an ugly cycle. And I'm about to get crazy, but countries would rather go to war over dwindling resources than have common sense talks about overpopulation. Sorry, Rachel, you can erase this comment if you want. 3y
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rachellayown Ooh, I'll have to check it out @mklong! 3y
rachellayown You bet @TobeyTheScavengerMonk! I've heard that sentiment before too and it seems so silly because being 'pro-life' to me means being pro-welfare, subsidized daycare, etc. (In other words programs that support women who choose to have an unplanned pregnancy they can't afford!) 3y
rachellayown Exactly @Reggie! 👆(same idea) I'm totally with you!!! 3y
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rachellayown
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I'm loving this book for its intelligence and wisdom. Dr. Parker makes a compelling argument that the Christian response to abortion is to be pro-choice.

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brownekr
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Allergies and general crud have me down this weekend, but I'm slowly making my way through my reading list.

Dr Parker's book reminds me a lot of Susan Wicklund's THIS COMMON SECRET, which I read almost a decade ago; it's terrifying how little things have changed or, in some cases, how we've backslid.

And Goldie is pure light in my life, as always.

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Only just finished the prologue and it's already a 5-star "pick" for me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️??

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tholmz
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I would have sobbed through these words if I wasn't so enamored with them. I don't quite know what to say about Dr. Willie Parker. He is truly what I believe we mean when we speak of angels.

I hope everyone reads this book.

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I loved this book. It is such a clear articulation of why abortion is a GOOD thing not a "necessary evil." Dr. Parker is an inspiration both because of the challenges he overcame and because of his clear-eyed view of American reproductive rights. This book is a must read for anyone who is #prochoice or who identifies as a liberal Christian.

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AEBowenPhD
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Coffee and the new book by one of my heroes. #ProChoice and proud. #readersresist

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feministtexican
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I am ridiculously excited that this came in from the publisher today. Dr. Parker is one of my heroes. Added bonus: this could fulfill the spiritual journey task for #ReadHarder2017. #feminism

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ProfMasala
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Recommended by one of my mentors and on my #tbr list #black #writer #abortion #blackfeminist #feminism #reproductiverights #socialjustice

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Tamarity
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He was just on The Daily Show talking about freedom and accessible health care, this book comes out tomorrow and looks amazing.

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