Reproductive Justice Advocate Willie J. Parker to Speak at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 30, 2017—Doctor and reproductive justice advocate Willie J. Parker will speak at Williams College at 8 p.m. Monday, April 10, in Griffin Hall, room 3. Parker will discuss his experience and his thoughts on the future of the reproductive justice movement. There will also a book signing at the end of the event for his new book, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice. This event is free and open to the public.

Parker travels as an abortion provider in Alabama and Georgia, and he is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and trained in preventative medicine. He completed residencies in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cincinnati and preventative medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Parker has also worked as an epidemic intelligence service officer with the Centers for Disease Control. His most recent work has focused on violence against women, sexual assault, and reproductive justice through advocacy and the provision of contraceptive and abortion services.

Having dedicated his life to working for reproductive justice, Parker has received numerous awards including the 2013 Physicians for Reproductive Health Dr. George Tiller Provider Award, the 2015 Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award, the 2016 Dr. Felicia Steward Advocacy Award from the American Public Health Association and the 2016 Dr. David Gunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Abortion Care Network. He was recently honored by the United Nations Office of Human Rights as one of the 12 “Women’s Human Rights Defenders” for the 20th anniversary of the United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women. Parker is also the recipient of Planned Parenthood’s 2015 Margaret Sanger Award and current chair of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health. He has contributed to publications including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan. Parker holds a B.A. from Berea College in Kentucky, an M.D. from the University of Iowa, a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Masters of Science from the University of Michigan.

The Williams Feminist Collective, with logistical support from the Berkshire Doula Project, is sponsoring the event.


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