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Rochester, NY (September 7, 2017) — Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York (PPCWNY) will host its annual fall reception and VIP Dinner on Tuesday, September 26, featuring Dr. Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, a reproductive justice advocate who is a self-proclaimed Southern Christian Abortion Provider in Alabama and Georgia. His most recent work has focused on violence against women, sexual assault and reproductive justice through advocacy and the provision of contraceptive and abortion services. He has just released his first book Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice and has been recently featured by the New York Times, Newsweek and The Daily Show and moreThe reception will take place at 5:30pm at The Strong National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square Drive, Rochester, NY) and will include a moderated discussion with Dr. Parker and Dr. Phelps.

Proceeds from the reception and VIP Dinner will benefit PPCWNY health care services and educational programs. Learn more about PPCWNY at www.ppcwny.org.


Single tickets are $100 for the cocktail reception, a tour of the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden and access to the eGameRevolution exhibit. VIP single tickets are $150 and VIP couples tickets are $250, which also includes admission to a VIP Dinner with Dr. Willie Parker and Dr. Rachael Phelps following the program.

Tickets are available at www.ppcwny.org/parker or by calling (585) 546-2771, ext. 330.

About Dr. Willie J. Parker

Dr. Willie J. Parker is an OB/GYN specializing in abortions and a reproductive justice advocate. He is the author of Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice. Dr. Parker 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 Alabama and Georgia. He 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. 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.

About Dr. Rachael Phelps

Dr. Rachael Phelps is the Medical Director at Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. She received her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Rochester where she currently serves as a clinical instructor in the departments of pediatrics and OB/GYN. As a national lecturer she shares her expertise in prevention of unplanned pregnancy, evidence based contraception and reproductive health care access at top-university hospitals. Internationally, she has worked in Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh to improve maternal mortality through post abortion care training.

Dr. Phelps has served on the national board of directors for Medical Students for Choice and continues to serve as national faculty for their annual conferences and leadership training programs. She also serves as national faculty for Physicians for Reproductive Health’s Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Project and The American Medical Student Association.


Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York protects and provides health care and education that empowers individuals and families. With respect. Without judgment. No matter what. Each year, PPCWNY serves over 31,000 people throughout central and western New York.