Willie J. Parker

Willie J. Parker and the Complexity of Choice

Willie J. Parker, MD grew up in Birmingham, AL. After completing multiple advanced degrees, including an MD from the University of Iowa College of Medicine

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global gag rule

The Trumped Up Global Gag Rule

The Mexico City Policy, known more commonly as the global gag rule, was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. As the president changed, it

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"pro-life"

Common Ground: How “Pro-Life” People Can Advocate For Reproductive Rights

“Pro-life” feminists have been in the news a lot lately, primarily due to conflicts about whether or not they should have been allowed to participate

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doula

What The Doulas Can Teach All of Us

The week after the election I realized I was afraid to go to the abortion clinic for my doula shift the following weekend. There were

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out of silence

Out of Silence and Into the Abortion Conversation

For the past few weeks, student groups at campuses across the country have been hosting productions of the play Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from

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Catholic hospitals

Catholic Hospitals: An Unspoken Threat to Reproductive Healthcare

Legislative restrictions to family planning services aren’t the only threat to reproductive healthcare in America today. One area of increasing concern, as highlighted in a

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grief

A Feminist’s Response to Grief Post-Abortion

Abortion narratives seem to be divided into two groups: the women who made a decision regarding a medical procedure, and the women who believe they

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Fertility

Fertility Coverage, Queer Women, and State Policy

This past August, four queer women filed a lawsuit against the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. In New Jersey, insurance

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The Cost of An Abortion for the People of Northern Ireland

To put it mildly, I’m broke as shit. I have 4 freelance-style jobs, only 3 of which pay and they pay badly. (I hasten to

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SCOTUS

Victory for Abortion Access in SCOTUS Ruling

On Monday, June 27th, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-3 to overturn the ruling made by the United States Court of Appeals

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clinics

Abortion Care at Campus Health Clinics?

On March 16th, 2016, student senators at the University of California Berkeley unanimously passed a resolution requesting that the school provide medication abortion at the

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pro-life

What Pro-Life Advocates Mean When They Talk about Babies

In the wake of the outrage over a gorilla being shot by zoo keepers, The Blaze published a provocative pro-life opinion piece titled, “While You Were

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Zika

Reproductive Health in the Time of Zika

It might just be due to some complicated algorithm, but it seems like every day I see a new story about the Zika virus outbreak

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telemedicine

Telemedicine Abortion: What it is and Why it Matters

Maine Family Planning, a health organization with clinics across the state of Maine, recently announced that they intend to begin offering telemedicine abortions at 16

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planned parenthood

What It’s Like Having an Abortion at Planned Parenthood

Life is filled with choices, some are incredibly difficult. I’d like to share the story of one of the most challenging ones that I’ve ever

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The Dark History of the Birth Control Pill in Puerto Rico

Author’s Note: This is the third article in an exclusive series originally published at Guerrilla Feminism titled “Porto Rico: America’s Forgotten Colony.” The title was

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cdc

Alcohol, Pregnancy, and Autonomy: What the CDC Gets Wrong

Recently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a press release on the risks of alcohol-exposed pregnancies, which are pregnancies in which the fetus is

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speakouts

Abortion Speakouts and the Supreme Court

On January 19th from 12-6pm, the 1 in 3 Campaign, a project of the youth sexual health organization Advocates for Youth, will be hosting their

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abortions

Why Med Students Need to Learn How to Perform Abortions

According to statistics from CNN, today, nearly 90% of Americans have access to healthcare. This has been attributed largely to the existence of the Affordable

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IUD

One Woman’s Experience with the IUD

Two weeks ago I got the Mirena hormonal IUD. After a consultation with my gynecologist before the insertion, she asked me one last time if

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