Reflections of Courage: Women and Health – United States – #reflect2protect

Reflections of Courage: Women and Health – United States – #reflect2protect


I’m Dr. Willie J Parker; I am trained in obstetrics and gynaecology, preventative medicine and public health As a person trained in reproductive healthcare specifically for women, but to include men and families The fulfilment of human rights would include making it possible for women and families to achieve the desired family size that they would like. Having control over her reproduction and that would have direct bearings on their abilities to participate fully in society as equal partners Over half of African-Americans in the US live in the South When you combine the high poverty rates and the high percentage of people of colour living in the South, the disparities that goes along with poverty and race occur more frequently in the South When we become aware of disparities on the basis of race, or social economic class From a human rights standpoint, it becomes imperative that we work to address those issues I moved to the South because it became important for me to make sure that women in that part of the country had access to the same quality of care that women have in other parts of the country The laws and rules that govern healthcare have been at times been used to restrict access to some of the most vital aspects of healthcare I have been the target of verbal hostilities, veiled threats As well as facing the reality that there have been people who have been killed for providing the type of services that I provide My story is one of conscious Someone once said when you wrestle with your conscious and you loose, you actually win People are so moved and polarised in one way or other about the issue of reproductive rights I daily bear the risk that someone so extreme on this issue might try to harm me, physically. As a man when I see the oppression of women solely on he basis of the accidental birth that they happen to be women I see it as my personal responsibility to make sure that women have access to the same rights that I have access to which are human rights So since we are both human, there should be no difference in our ability to achieve our goals The world would look differently if women could on a consistent basis Be unfettered, to be in control of their own fate

5 comments

  1. Wow. The comments below are parroted without any understanding what they are saying. The fact is that "human" rights for selfish women means no human rights for children.

  2. A Christian Doctor needs to follow the Bible and compensate the father or get the father's permission for the abortion. See Ex 21;22 'And if men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart, and yet no harm follow, he shall be surely fined,
    according as the woman's husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay
    as the judges determine'.

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