This doctor was raised to believe abortion was wrong. He’s now an advocate for reproductive rights.

Source: The Washington Post

 Columnist March 27 
Raised as a religious evangelical in the Deep South, Willie Parker had a straightforward view of abortion. He thought it was wrong. Then he went to medical school and became an obstetrician-gynecologist.

It still took years before he came to realize why some women might be offended by men legislating what happens with their reproductive organs.


“My life’s trajectory stoked a moral argument for the reproductive rights of women; that’s how I describe it,” Parker told me recently.

Parker, now 55, went on to become medical director for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington from 2008 to 2013. And he wrote a book, “Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice,” which was published last year. In the nation’s ongoing fight over abortion — the Supreme Court heard arguments in yet another “pregnancy clinic” case just last week — Parker has emerged as a uniquely powerful advocate for women’s health care. The continued threat to abortion rights is why he’s speaking out yet again.

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