August 21, 2014 — Abortion provider Willie Parker describes how state restrictions are making it harder for women to access the procedure. We also feature a video from two Texas reproductive-rights groups that includes undercover audio from a training session for antiabortion-rights activists.
Physician Willie Parker, who travels from Chicago to Mississippi to provide abortions at the state's only abortion clinic, talks with MSNBC's Joy Reid about restrictive state laws that are leaving women with no nearby abortion clinics in increasingly larger regions of the South. Parker also discusses a recent documentary about the Mississippi clinic, "The Last Clinic," in which he was featured.
"It's really easy to say that women can [take] other measures, like leave the state," if the Mississippi clinic closes, "but that presumes that women have those resources, and ... most of the women that I see are women who are in desperate circumstances," Parker explains (Reid, "The Reid Report," MSNBC, 8/6).
A video from NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and Progress Texas compiles undercover audio recorded at a training session for antiabortion-rights activists. The speakers at the training explain disturbing tactics they use to track and harass patients and clinic staff members, such as recording license plates, searching tax records and lining sidewalks to discourage patients from entering facilities (NARAL Pro-Choice Texas release, 8/12).