2015 D'orlando Lecture Featuring Dr. Willie Parker

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“Remaining Awake in the Middle of a Devolution: The Fight for Reproductive Justice"

First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans
And UU Voices for Reproductive Freedom
Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSc

Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

5212 S. Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA

Dr. Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate. He is a graduate of Berea College in Kentucky, and holds degrees from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Michigan. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and trained in preventive medicine and epidemiology through the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Parker currently provides abortion care for women in AL, MS, PA, GA, and IL, and is the former Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington, DC. He is the physician plaintiff in the federal lawsuit preventing the closure of Mississippi's only abortion clinic, a case currently in request for hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court. Currently residing in his hometown of Birmingham, AL, his work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men's reproductive health. He is a board member of The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Physicians for Reproductive Health, and URGE.


The Albert D'Orlando Lectureship on Social Justice was established by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Albert D'Orlando's ordination and on being named Minister Emeritus after 31 years of ministry to this congregation. During his long tenure, the Rev. Dr. D'Orlando fought tirelessly for social justice in New Orleans. In the 1950's and 1960's, he actively supported desegregation in the schools and all other public places, putting his family and church in danger occasionally. He was very active in supporting women's rights as well. He was a founding member of the Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and received the ACLU's Ben Smith award for his contribution to civil liberties. The Rev. Dr. D'Orlando died in 1998.

UU Voices for Reproductive Freedom are people of faith in New Orleans who support reproductive justice.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and childcare will be provided. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Contributions to help offset the costs of this event will be gratefully accepted. For more information, please contact: uuv4rf@firstuuno.org
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