Life's Work - Dr. Willie Parker

Life's Work

By Dr. Willie Parker

  • Release Date: 2017-04-04
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 17 Ratings


In this “vivid and companionable memoir of a remarkable life” (The New Yorker), an outspoken, Christian reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider reveals his personal and professional journeys in an effort to seize the moral high ground on the question of choice and reproductive justice.

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 people at all times.

In 2009, he stopped practicing obstetrics to focus entirely on providing safe abortions for women who need help the most—often women in poverty and women of color—in the hotbed of the pro-choice debate: the South. He thereafter traded in his private practice and his penthouse apartment in Hawaii for the life of an itinerant abortion provider, becoming one of the few doctors to provide such services in Mississippi and Alabama.

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. In revealing his daily battle against mandatory waiting periods and bogus rules, Dr. Parker makes a powerful Christian case for championing reproductive rights. “At a moment when reproductive health and rights are under attack…Dr. Parker’s book is a beacon of hope and a call to action” (Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood).


  • I never knew

    By Drdale
    There are many facts and opinions on abortion brought out in this book. The metamorphosis of a person was an exceptional addition. I know that I won't view abortion in the same light as before, and I applaud Dr Parker for his insight and his candor. I also thank him for dealing with medical and scientific facts, rather than emotional rhetoric that is used by too many people. And finally I was intrigued at how a Christian could not only justify but also explain the justification for abortion. The tying in to the civil rights movement was also a plus for me, in that I lived through that time in our country and remember many of the events Dr Parker alluded to. A book that makes you think is a good book. A book that makes you feel while thinking, is a great book. I imagine this review may be fairly confusing to someone who has not yet read the book. All I can say is, read it. You may come away with a different viewpoint.