(AL.com) — Dr. Willie Parker grew up poor in a close-knit Birmingham neighborhood in the 1960s and 70s. As a teen, he experienced a spiritual awakening that kindled a deep Christian faith.
Parker became the first in his family to attend college, and then medical school – where he specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. Over time, his Christian faith and his approach to medicine changed until both led him down the path to becoming one of just a few abortion doctors in the South.
Parker has returned to his hometown, and on April 4, releases his first book, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice. Recently Parker spoke about his life and his journey – which has been condensed in the following conversation.
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