Abortion Provider Calls Taking Life of Unborn ‘a Sacred Decision’

by Andrew Johnson

A physician at the one remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi argued that those who object to abortion on religious grounds are overlooking the “sacred decision” made by those who go to such clinics. Appearing on MSNBC, Dr. Willie Parker took issue with the “vocal, well-organized numerical minority” who support protecting the lives of unborn babies.

“The fierce opposition to women making this, what for them is a sacred decision, is ever-present in at least every place that I’ve been,” he said. He referred to his role with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, which argues that a women’s choice to take the life of her unborn child is “equally sacred.”

Parker said he didn’t think that ”sincere but misguided” pro-life advocates would change their minds “because they are convinced they are doing the right thing.”

In a profile last month, Parker told Esquire that he believes the religious arguments made by “Antis,” which is what he calls pro-life advocates, are “largely about controlling the sexuality of women.”

Parker’s comments about the sacredness of abortion echo those of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. When asked about the gruesome Kermit Gosnell case last year, she responded, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this.”