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Life's Work Audiobook

Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice

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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 hotbed 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.

©2017 Dr. Willie Parker (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Nancy M. 04-08-17
    Nancy M. 04-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Listen"

    I saw Dr. Parker on The Daily Show and was inspired by his interview to hear his book. I was not disappointed.

    The Doctor champions mindfulness while lifting the issue of women's agency over their own bodies to new visible heights.

    Dr. Parker walks you down the path that he walked, opening his heart and mind so the you too might understand and share his passion and compassion for Choice.

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    Cassie Deardorff 05-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One Man's Journey That Can Change The Conversation"

    The stories encluded by Dr. Parker give a great deal of incite into how he formed his opinions on the subject. Beautifully written from a point of view I had not considered. The narration of this story was executed wonderfully as well. Great read. I would recommend this one to all.

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    Dr. Parker tells an excellent story. The book is kind of a mix between an autobiography and statements of his beliefs on reproductive rights. They come together beautifully, and I hope there will be another book.

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