Dr. Willie Parker on Women's Rights

Wednesday April 5: 7:00PM 8:00PM

In his memoir Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, Dr. Willie Parker, an outspoken Christian pro-choice advocate, tells a deeply human narrative that speaks to the complex societal, political, religious and personal realities of abortion in the US from the perspective of someone who performs them and defends the right to do so each and every day. Using his own story: his Southern roots, the epiphanic moment when he had his change of heart, as well as those of the women he serves, Dr. Parker presents the Christian case for abortion. 

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—strings that are particularly straining to poor women and women of color.

Joining Dr. Parker in conversation is playwright Winter Miller.

Buy a copy of Life's Work or a $15 gift card in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the store elevator or at 826 Broadway.

Winter Miller is an award-winning playwright, best known for her play In Darfur which premiered at The Public Theater, followed by a standing room only performance at their 1800-seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park, a first for a play by a woman.  She traveled with her former boss, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to the Sudan border to research on the ground. In Darfur has been produced nationally and is up next in Houston, Texas.

She has written more than 70 pieces for the New York Times and her work has appeared in anthologies by Eve Ensler, Courtney Martin and Courtney Sullivan. She’s written ten plays, including The Penetration Play, No One is Forgotten and the musical Amandine

She’s held some really odd jobs briefly, including field producing at Fox News, random earnest person at Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, film reporter at Variety, one-time nude model for art students, and playwright for Ugandan youths in a refugee camp. She is probably available to officiate your wedding. These days she’s either at a protest march, teaching writers how to tell their stories or working on a screenplay about Dr. Willie Parker.

She has written a play about abortion called Spare Rib. You can catch Spare Rib next in a very public reading May 20th at Judson Church, which historically had the first clergy referral service before Roe v. Wade.

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