Read Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice Online Free - 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.
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May 09, 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.
I've finished the book, and I long for EVERYONE to read this book. Dr. Parker, in a series of essays, tells us about who he is and...
June 05, 2017
PSA: Everyone should read this book.
I knew I'd love this book when I read the description. Abortion is such a hot-button issue and people tend to feel very strongly about it. I'm no exception. It's one of the social issues I care most about because it's so heavily under attack and yet has life-l...
April 17, 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 it, so 5. I really appreciated how much he opened up about his own faith journey and how he had...
March 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 and medical services. Early in the book, Parker notes, “Experience is what you do with what happens t...
April 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.
I read the book because Dr. Parker is a born again Christian (as am I) who is also an itinerant...
April 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.
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 Life Training Institute blog.
Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice by Dr. Willie Parker is a new...
August 13, 2017
I am not religious, but I was really curious to read an argument for choice from a self-proclaimed born-again Christian -- and I'm very, very glad I did. This book is not only deeply moving, but well reasoned and informative (even if you think you have a pretty good understanding of how abortion...
May 29, 2017
Everybody should read this book!
April 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 me with hope that the book may not only change a few minds on abortion, but may even inspire som...