Abortionist Says He Does Abortions Because of a “Calling Rooted in Christian Understanding”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 15, 2016   |   4:41PM   |   Washington, DC

Abortionist Willie Parker has a reputation for bringing up Christianity and biblical references in his frequent interviews and speeches. In a new interview with Color Lines, the southern abortionist did it again, attempting to justify aborting unborn babies by describing his job as a “calling rooted in Christian religious understanding.”

Parker works as an abortionist in Alabama and Georgia, and he used to do abortions in Mississippi, too. An OB-GYN who went to Harvard University, Parker didn’t start his career doing abortions. He told the website that he never was “anti-abortion,” but “I didn’t provide abortions for my own religious and moral reasons.”

Eventually, he said he realized that women “needed the service” – meaning abortion – and he began doing them. Now, he believes abortion is a “human right.”

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He told Color Lines:

Reproductive justice is my world view and my outlook. It’s intersectional; it allows me to explore the ways in which race and gender are working together. It’s about finding solutions that will address all those issues, rather than pitting one issue against another.

… My sense of calling is rooted in Christian religious understanding. It’s crucial in the way I do my reproductive justice advocacy and [in] calling for a compassionate response to people who are marginalized and experiencing injustice. It may seem gratuitous or strategic to some folks, but it’s the place from which I do my work.

Parker said he does not get a lot of support from faith communities and implied that pro-life religious groups “seek to control women via patriarchy.”

Parker’s devotion to abortion seems almost religious in nature. His abortion practices and advocacy are extreme: He even wants to overturn parental notification laws that require parents to be informed before their underage daughters have abortions. In the past, he has compared his abortion work to the Good Samaritan and called his job a “ministry.” Though African American himself, Parker also has defended the discriminatory targeting of African American babies for abortion.

After the Center for Medical Progress released its first undercover video showing Planned Parenthood Dr. Deborah Nucatola eating salad and talking about crushing unborn babies’ bodies, Parker defended her, comparing the situation to “the trial week of Jesus” before his crucifixion.

Few, however, would describe Parker as a Christian. The Christian faith teaches that every human life is valuable because it is made in the image of God, and killing an innocent human being at any stage of development is wrong.

What exactly Parker thinks he will accomplish by repeatedly calling himself a Christian is unclear. Maybe he is just trying to convince himself that his deadly abortion practice isn’t wrong.