Dr. Willie Parker & Deon Haywood In Conversation: Reproductive Justice and Ethics in Human Services


Women With A Vision is excited that our Executive Director Deon Haywood will be in conversation with Dr. Willie Parker, a prominent leader in the reproductive justice movement.

Reproductive Justice: Ethics in Human Services
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST)
Free Event
Light Dinner Provided
Tulane Law School, Weinmann Hall, Room 110

Presented by Tulane University’s Social Work Students United for Reproductive Freedom (SWURF), at this community focused event, Dr. Willie Parker will discuss what reproductive justice is, why professionals need to know what it is, and how it applies to a unified practice with special considerations to ethics. Ms. Deon Haywood will discuss special considerations for reproductive justice in the New Orleans community and with her work in the field.

Speaker Bio’s:

Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSc is a reproductive justice advocate. He is a graduate of Berea College in Kentucky, and holds degrees from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Michigan. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and trained in preventive medicine and epidemiology through the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Parker currently provides abortion care for women in AL, MS, PA, GA, and IL, and is the former Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington, DC. He is the physician plaintiff in the federal lawsuit preventing the closure of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, a case currently in request for hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court. Currently residing in his hometown of Birmingham, AL, his work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men’s reproductive health. He is a board member of The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Physicians for Reproductive Health, and URGE.

Ms. Deon Haywood is the Executive Director of Women With A Vision, Inc., a New Orleans-based community organization founded in 1991 to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well-being. Since Hurricane Katrina, she has led the organization to a vibrant locally-rooted international network addressing the complex intersection of socio-economic injustices and health disparities. In 2009, Deon oversaw the launch of WWAV’s NO Justice Project, a campaign to combat the sentencing of women and trans* people arrested for street-based sex work under Louisiana’s 203-yr-old “crime against nature” felony-level law, which resulted in a federal judicial ruling and the removal of more than 700 women from the sex offender registry. In recognition of her leadership at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice and criminalization, Deon was honored as the 2011 “Political Activism Award” from Forum for Equality, the “Teri Estrada Memorial Award” from AIDS Law Louisiana, the 2010 Community Spotlight from TheBody.com, BET.com’s 2012 “Health Hero,” and the representative from the U.S. South to the 2013 Frontline Defender’s Dublin Platform. She also testified in front of the United Nations Global Commission on HIV and the Law in 2011. Currently, Deon sits on the board of BreakOUT!, a youth-led organization fighting the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans. She also holds the auspicious honor of being crowned the Mardi Gras 2012 Queen of New Orleans’ own Krewe du Vieux, themed “Crimes Against Nature.”

Funded in part by:
-Tulane University Graduate and Professional Student Association Collaborative Events Fund
-Tulane Medical Students for Choice Student Government Association
-Tulane School of Medicine Student Government Association
-Tulane School of Public Health Student Government Association
-Tulane Law School Student Government Association
-Tulane School of Social Work Government Association

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