Thank You, Abortion Providers

Sunday, March 10, was National Thank An Abortion Provider Day.  I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Willie Parker last year in Washington, D.C., at the Center for American Progress, and wanted to share this short video of him accepting the Moody-Patterson Award for Leadership in Reproductive Justice.  It was presented by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

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These are not abstract ideological issues.  These are issues of basic health and safety for women and their families.  And for some of us, like Dr. Parker, it is an act of moral conscience and religious freedom.

Thank you, Dr. Parker.

Thank you, abortion providers everywhere, for trusting women in the face of hatred, harassment, and threats to your own safety.


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About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

  • pagansister

    Had no idea that there was a National Thank an Abortion Provider day! I’m very glad to know there is such a thing. Yes, if I knew one, I’d thank them. Most certainly they face those who are so hateful towards them for the job they do. Having had 3 women in my family who found it necessary to terminate their pregnancies, I do thank the folks in the places they went for their procedures. I just find it so sad that there are so many who wish to get rid of Roe V Wade and have put so many restrictions on the procedure that make it almost impossible in some states to have a legal procedure.