Until March 25, 2019, Dr. Willie Parker is a very respected and loved abortion provider in the state of Alabama, the author of the best-selling book Life’s workIn other to defend abortion from a Christian perspective, and frequently, charismatic speaker and honoree in the Pro-choice conferences and events. A magnificent middle-aged black man who grew up poor in Alabama, he is the movement’s rock star. All changed overnight, when Candice Russell,a 35-year-old Latino volunteers in Dallas, published an article on Medium“All women’s names I don’t know about the pain, we share secrets, we remain silent, should not have been asked for.”
Although her account is a bit difficult to follow, she’s basically accusing him of rape and her having sex when she was too drunk to consent—about two years ago. Parker’s reply denying that gender is voluntarily went to Medium The next day, but it’s apologetic tone would only make things worse. Within 48 hours, he resigned under pressure from his Board positions with the religious coalition of reproductive choice and physicians for Reproductive Health and then from the Ms. part of the Justice League(now the abortion before the action). Soon after, his upcoming events to be cancelled, even in Brazil.
I don’t understand at the time why there is such a desire to cancel his, and I still don’t know. Why there is no movement of leaders in accordance with the long-term black feminist Loreta Talos and Tony bond, and resist the rush to judgment? Why not say,”these are serious allegations, we have to look at them”? After all, Russell is not just the requirements of Parker attacked her; she claimed that he would like to do the same for many other people,”whispers”a lot about his misconduct, the higher the movement know all about it, and they have been quiet.
In addition to the night in question, of which only two individuals participate in the experience, her request is a possible alternative. I spent a week last spring in trying to trace those who whisper, and raised very little: he”(took)the young women’s conference at the owl restaurant.” “He bought young women drink they are not asked for.” A woman told me Parker had a color to her, but don’t remember what it is, who is her(I check)there is no memory of any unusual. Another representative said that she spoke to him about his behavior, which would be contrary to his request Medium It never complained about him. Still, it will not increase the most.
More interesting than the rumors themselves is that people are reluctant to share them with me. I must not be”clap”on the Parker’s Medium Piece, so maybe I was considered his ally. One person said I was not seen as a friend of the reproductive justice movement. The other two recommendations, I’m the wrong person to write the story because I’m not an investigative reporter. Not very flattering, but in the end I thought they might be right. If I were a real journalist, I would have been able to get Russell’s supporters to talk to me.
Now Maggie Bullock with in-depth coverage articles AtlanticThat”#M rabbit case, divided the abortion rights movement.” Her six months of interviews and research, and she did not come up with much. Rumors are almost always worried about someone else, who also can not be contacted or named. The Russell’s events as proof positive that Parker is a serial predator did not happen quite the way, according to the other people in there. Other than Russell, no women to tell Brock that they were raped, harassed, beaten, touched, or even flirting. In August a person out of the claim of Parker sexual harassment to her: YA Mani Hernandez, head of the national network of abortion funds, he said, he made lewd remarks to her, including”he will tell his children home I was one of his new honey.” Playful teasing or discrimination against women does not respect? Give this man lost his reputation, his Board positions, and in his speech he told me most of his income, you’ll have more no.
However, not everyone agrees that Parker has been affected. Author and activist Robin Marty wrote a listserv,”he never lost his career, instead he was removed from being invited to participate in the activities, he the role of the Board, his speech, etc.” Oh. “No one has the right to give a celebrity”activists Mallory McMaster wrote me. “If someone has indicated they are willing to use their celebrity status or their power in a harmful way…no one has the obligation to maintain an elevated person.” True enough, but what reputation and Parker were evicted from such a big wheel at the New York University School of Medicine? The original charge of rape has now become something more ambiguous: according to several women I spoke with, the problem is more than a lack of consent—in a word, did not come; the problem of the General imbalance of power and Parker refused to acknowledge it. His famous doctor and author for 20 years her senior, has more power than Russell, a novice activist and freelance writer, so it is the responsibility of the post, he acknowledged the error, and a step away. Reproductive justice, I was told, specify the center of the then powerful people. “I don’t think we should be working from a framework of the impact of abusers the person or has been accused of abuse,”McMaster said. “We should strive to create security.”
Many people remind me of doubt and humiliation of women coming forward is usually performed. Of course, their right. The women claim attention is what I is all about. But this is not a dismissal of women’s claim to investigate them fully. Not Parker owed something from the movement, he has devoted himself to for decades? Even as I wrote this question, I want to know if I’m guilty of the”himpathy”—the man’s side, because after all, he is the man. I can’t say for sure, I do not, but readers of this column well know, as it certainly will be the first one to me. What I feel is, it is wrong to treat someone as guilty without looking into the allegations. I have talked to many people know Parker and worked with him for several decades. They think that what happened is a travesty.
The male defendant, in the I is also often argued that they were denied due process, and sometimes it can sound like a Dodge or an excuse or an attempt to impose an impossible burden of proof. I get to this point. However, Willie Parker was the expulsion and exclusion and humiliation on the basis of allegations published on a website, and rumors of rumors so blurry, not even clear, if they are different the claim or version of the same. At the same time, the potential of verifiable requirements cover things through the career choices of the leaders has disappeared.
I asked Parker what the proper procedure would mean in his case. He replied,”It means that if someone makes a charge, it must be some effort to find out if the allegations are true.” Is that too much to ask?