The Pink House Goes to Washington!

Folks may or may not know that the Supreme Court is hearing a very important case impacting abortion access on March 2, 2016.
The issues in this case directly affect the people of Mississippi and the outcome could mean the difference between staying open and shutting down.

So what are we gonna do about it?

Jackson Women’s Health is gonna stand up and represent outside the United States Supreme Court house on March 2!

That’s right.  The Pink House is heading to the Court House to make our voices heard!

Know someone who’s gonna be there too?
Wanna stand with us??
Send us a message on our Facebook page and we will keep an eye out for you!

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63 thoughts on “The Pink House Goes to Washington!

  1. Thank you for doing what you do.

    I live in Missouri, but I fully support your standing up and working hard for women’s reproductive rights.

    Keep being awesome.

  2. Thank you for all that you do to protect women. You have supportive sisters around the globe.

  3. Hang in there, warriors of Jackson Women’s Health Organization! You are an amazing group of people and you inspire those of us who provide reproductive health care in less restrictive parts of the country. Sending you lots of love, support, and solidarity from Maryland… THIS CLINIC STAYS OPEN!

  4. This country stands on the shoulders of people like you. Thank you all for your hard work, your sacrifice of personal safety, and you unwavering (or even wavering!!) commitment to women’s and therefore all Mississippian’s health.

  5. Your bravery is inspiring and brings me to tears. I am so thankful that all of you on staff have made the sacrifices necessary to continue to do this important work. You are not alone in this fight! WE LOVE YOU!!!

  6. I think you are amazing. You have motivated me to find a way to help as well. This is too important a fight to leave to someone else. Fortunately my state is more enlightened than Mississippi. What will the women of Mississippi do if they have no one to turn to?You brave, wonderful people have my respect and my thanks.

  7. I’m not able to contribute financially, but I want to help. Do you need any physical help either in the office or otherwise?

  8. I HOPE AND PRAY FOR YOU TO KEEP RESISTING!!!! IT’S OUTRAGEOUS THAT PEOPLE BELIEVE THEY CAN JUDGE SOMETHING AS TRAGIC AND DIFFICULT AS A WOMAN’S DECISION TO DO AN ABORTION. I GUESS NOBODY HAS BEEN IN PHILIPPINES WHERE YOU SEE A BUNCH OF LITTLE KIDS RUNNING WILD IN THE STREETS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO HOME TO GO. I GUESS THEY HAVE NEVER VISITED AN ORPHANAGE WITH LOTS OF LITTLE BABIES DYING TO BE LOVED. I GUESS THEY HAVE NEVER REALIZED THEIR OWN DAUGHTERS MAKING THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISION BECAUSE THEY WANT TO LIVE AND LEAD A HAPPY LIFE… GOD BLESS YOU, AND I MEAN, THE REAL GOD, NOT THE ONE THAT THEY USE TO GUILT WOMEN TO CONTINUE BEING OPPRESSED. BIG FAT HUG AND SUPPORT ALL THE WAY FROM HONG KONG!

  9. I just read the “Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker” on Esquire and it was so beautiful, heartbreaking and inspiring. I had my abortion when I was 22, recently graduated from college and a few weeks into my very first job. Thank you for all that you do. Keep up the good fight Mississippi!!! Keeping my fingers crossed for a good outcome in the coming weeks.

  10. Reading about your work in ‘Esquire’ I was impressed by the courage and principled stand of the JWHO team. And I was overwhelmed by the compassion and love you show your patients. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It is heartening to know people like you are out there.

    I hope the 5th circuit will rule wisely. I will check back and try to provide financial support if you are able to stay open. My thoughts are with you, your patients, and your community.

  11. Thank you Dr Parker; thank you Ms Derzis; thank you to all of the brave men and women there who are doing the hard thing, the necessary thing, and the RIGHT thing.

    Never, ever let anyone tell you that you’re not doing the right thing; for all the lives you save, all the pain you take away, and for all of your courage; THANK YOU.

  12. To the Brave Doctors and Staff of JWHO,

    I just read the Esquire article about Dr. Parker. I know that abortion rights are being lost across the country, but this article was horrifying in detailing the lengths to which women are being made to suffer.

    Please stay strong, keep up the much-needed work, and be safe. I *will* be following up with a donation.

    With admiration for your courage,
    Val (in the still-free State of California)

  13. To all the staff at the clinic,
    You are brave
    You are special
    You are needed
    You are kind
    You are inspirational
    You are HELPING!
    Thank you for all of the work you do to help women in their time of need.

  14. Just read the Esquire profile and came here to make a donation. You’re good people, brave and kind.

  15. I am a physician and abortion provider in Utah. Keep fighting the good fight! You’re not alone.

  16. Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope you are able to continue providing services. You are a godsend for Mississippi’s women. God bless you.

  17. I grew up in Mississippi. I had an abortion in 1974. I had to go to Alabama to get it. I’m sorry, but the depth of hatred and ignorance in my home state means I will never live there again. Thank you for what you do to help those who need your services.

  18. Stay strong! I read about your work in Esquire, and I am blown away. Completely humbled, and impressed. There’s nothing I can say that will validate the important work you all do, but I wanted to share my support. Thank you for caring for women when others would not, and treating them with kindness and respect.

  19. Blessings upon you all for the amazing work that you do. It is important to stand in the breach and hold the door for women’s right to choose to bring a life into manifestation, or not. I will be donating.

  20. I’m sorry I cannot contribute money at this time but I want to add my voice of support to the all the clinic staff. You do your work and practice medicine out of a conviction of freedom for women. This makes you genuine freedom fighters . Thank you very much ! May you be well and safe and when you put your head down at days end know you have done a righteous days work.

  21. Thank you for the work you are doing! This is the most important woman’s rights issue we face. Access to reproductive services determines the outcome of a woman’s entire life (mine included!), and decides if we’re going to be healthy, happy and productive citizens, mothers or not. It decides if the children we’re not ready for are going experience life as unsafe and stressful or, when we are ready, nurturing and hopeful.

  22. Thank you for the work you are doing on behalf of justice – and kindness. Thank you. I stand with you.

  23. I wasn’t able to get an abortion in 1967 in New York and in hind site I’m glad I didn’t get one. The back room butchers were available in some areas. I have friends who went that route and some of them became barren as a result. I did put my son up for adoption he and I were blessed that the couple wanted another bi-racial child in their home. However I do defend a woman’s right to make her own decision when pregnant and faced with that difficult choice. I am so very touched by all the hard work done by Dr. Parker and the people who are the support staff. I wish I could be there in person to assist in any way. Thank you so much for all the people that you help.

  24. This will NOT stop abortion; only stop safe abortion. Mississippi I learned to spell you long ago; now I spell you as you should be “embarrassed” .

  25. I just read the Esquire article and was moved to tears by the strength, courage, and general awesomeness of the staff at The Pink House. I was raised in an environment much like MS, and Dr Parker’s words about female sexuality struck a chord with me. I admire and applaud the work you do and the manner in which you do it. Keep fighting the good fight. You’ll be in my thoughts daily.

  26. So very proud of all you’re doing to save the clinic. I believe in in women and our rights and freedom. My heart and thoughts are always with you.

  27. We need to help these people with this if we put our self in there place and we needed this done cause you were raped or some things like that you wouldn’t want them to tell you can’t get this done

  28. Thank you for standing up for women during a time and in a place where that is a increasingly unpopular position. I read about The Pink House in the recently published Esquire piece about Dr. Parker and I am so grateful for the staff and volunteers of The Pink House for bravely standing up for what is right – helping women when they are desperately in need. Your compassion, dedication, thoughtfulness and determination are absolutely inspiring.

  29. I am writing in support to keep Jackson Women’s Health Organization clinic open. I am a Mississippian, born and raised, though I do not live there now. Governor Bryant is putting not only his own constituents at grave risk, but others who come to this clinic in hopes of ending a pregnancy that is not wanted, an accident, the result of a crime, that can lead to a child being neglected, mental health issues for the mothers, financial and emotional hardships, and being ostracized by your own family. The protestors make an already difficult and agonizing decision even worse and I can honestly say that their behavior sometimes gives these young women the strength to know they are doing the right thing. The exact opposite of what the protestors want to accomplish.
    Women and yes, some girls, need the ability to end a pregnancy without further restriction. The hospitals that choose NOT to grant clinics and doctors privileges are not following the hippocratic oath taken by the very medical staff they employ. They do not deserve to be operating if they are going to refuse privileges to doctors that are working to help women in dire straits and/or with medical conditions that could put them and any fetus in danger; thus, lowering the level of poverty, child abuse and neglect.
    I support this clinic and the physicians and staff that work hard to keep going every day in spite of those hateful and judgmental people that say they are protesting as “good” Christians.
    The people that operate this clinic are obviously caring, compassionate and show great concern for their patients. If only every doctor gave his/her patients the time that Dr. Parker does!!!
    Please keep this clinic open and do not impose any other unnecessary restrictions on them!!!

  30. So proud of all of you for standing tall for women. It brings me tears of relief and joy to hear of your kindness and compassion.

  31. Hey just letting you know you aren’t alone when it comes to your support. This whole situation sucks, but hopefully the courts will do what’s right and let you remain open. Keep fighting for women’s health and the right for women to choose!

  32. After reading the article of the abortion ministry of Dr. Willie Parker, I feel so much gratitude toward the brave staff, doctors and women of this clinic. Honestly, you shouldn’t have to feel brave because this is for the health of a women and her choices. Being brave means to be confronted with opposing beliefs, to an extreme measure, and I wish this was not the case in Mississippi because when a women knows what is good for herself, she should have the comfort and ability to act upon those decisions. Unfortunately, the political environment in Mississippi is enveloped with ways of thinking that put upon oppression on these women. These women especially are not truly free, and it makes me enraged. I am 17 years old, residing just outside Washington DC and I wish to help in any way I can to keep this clinic running. Dr. Willie Parker has become an inspiration to me with his beliefs and need for basically women’s freedom. Although I am not religious, I will have these clinics in my thoughts and hopes for a better outlook in the future. To any spirit or gods of higher power in this universe, please help keep this clinic and it’s people in good hands.

  33. Hi, I believe in a women’s right to make decisions about her own body. I admire and respect you for the hard work you do, and I sincerely hope you can keep doing it. No women would take this decision lightly; it is a hard decision but it may be the right one for her. Good for you and keep up the good work. Don’t let politicians and religious fanatics make decisions about things that shouldn’t concern them.

  34. I have never had an abortion. I think what is done by these people is so brave. Keep your head up.

  35. Long live the Pink House!! I just made a donation — a small one, but I hope every little bit helps. I can’t express the rage I felt reading that Gov. Bryant explicitly stated he wants to “make Mississippi abortion-free.” What a misguided approach to protecting the women — and children! — of Mississippi. Please, please, keep doing what you are doing, healing the lives of women from all over the state. You are a beacon in the darkness for all of them.

  36. Please keep up the good work, keep your spirits up, knowing that you are truly helping people. Every woman should have the right to make her own choices regarding what is best for her health, reproduction, body and should continue to have access to a safe place to help make those choices possible!

  37. What you are doing is so, so important. It is helping women in their time of need. It is saving women’s lives. Thank you.

  38. Keep up the fight. Do not lose hope. You are helping women, and when you help women, you help everyone, men, women and children. Stand strong!

  39. The Talmud says, “God is urgent about justice, for upon justice the world depends.” You are doing the work of justice where it is urgently needed; you are doing God’s work. I hope that in the future the people who persecute you and the women you help will learn better.

  40. Thank you for standing up for these women. I’m in Chicago, and I know that even in a “progressive thinking” big city, we can never take these rights for granted.

  41. Thank you for being all that you are for so many women, for comforting them, supporting their decisions, and providing safe and legal care that they deserve. YOU are faith in action. The recent article about your doctor has had a huge impact on my beliefs on this issue (that were already pro-choice), which I did not think could be stronger. Thank you!

  42. I read the story about Dr. Parker and the clinic on Facebook. You are fine, brave people doing very important work and I thank you. As an older woman who had two abortions in my younger days, and went on to raise a happy family when I was in a position to support children, I thank you. I am pleased to send a contribution to help with your important work.

  43. I just read the article on Dr. Parker. NC is having some of the same struggles right now, and this just rooted more firmly in my own mind that women’s health care is complicated. Having babies is even more complicated. I have always said I never want an unwanted child to be born, and stand by this. Thank you for your work. Thank you for saving lives. Thank you for helping to protect women who are already living, breathing, continue their lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Sincerely,
    Katherine Robbins

  44. Keep fighting the good fight! Thank you for doing what you to to help women of Mississippi in their time of need, and thank you for what you represent to women everywhere, who should have the right to make decisions about their own bodies.

  45. Dear Dr Parker:

    I am writing to you from Vancouver, in Canada, where abortion is free and available on demand. I’m sick and teary about the persecution in Mississipi, Texas, other states, other countries, and the women who suffer from it. I wish I could help, with money or as an escort, or whatever, but I’m sad that I can’t. All I can do is send an email of support and respect and admiration for your commitment and courage. Thank you for what you are doing. The words are too small to convey my feelings properly, but thank you so much. Thank you for helping these women.

    Respectfully and sincerely,

    Sheila Schierbeck

  46. Dr. Parker and staff,

    I recently read the Esquire piece that details your courage and commitment to supporting women in Mississippi and beyond. It made me weep. I have tears in my eyes as I write this, thinking about each of you and the incredible courage, compassion, and empathy that you demonstrate amid a context that is challenging and, to be sure, sometimes threatening.

    I served in the Peace Corps in West Africa and a large part of my work with girls in my community focused on empowerment, including reproductive health education. Now I live in Washington, DC and work on policy issues around global gender-based violence. My job focuses on trying to convince Members of Congress that we need to do more for women and girls at home and abroad. We spend a lot of time talking–about policies, politics, budgets, and hypotheticals, but the heart of the matter lies beyond all that, with people like you, who work tirelessly to support women facing challenging situations and difficult decisions. I am awed by what you do; you give me hope.

    All this to say, thank you. Thank you for your courage of conviction and your bravery. Thank you for not giving up despite the profound challenges you face. Thank you for sharing your stories and thank you for doing what few people are strong enough to do.

    In solidarity and with appreciation,

    Chrissy Hart

  47. Hang in there – you are not along. We thank you for your service to these women. Your work is so important and you are all incredibly brave.
    Thank you.

  48. You all are an inspiration! I read about your clinic in Esquire and was moved by the powerful story of the Dr. Parker and the Pink House. As a medical student, these stories as well as the current influence politics and religion have in regulating (and constricting) women’s reproductive freedom, serve as motivation for a career in Ob-Gyn and women’s health. Keep on fighting!

  49. Just read the article on Esquire about your clinic and the work of Dr. Willie Parker. I grew up in the South, and miss many things – but I don’t miss the belligerent policing of other people’s choices that’s so common there. I’ve been through a picket line myself.

    Thank you for the incredible work you are all doing; you bring hope, and strength, and life to so many people. I hope there’s still someone with some sense left in the legislature to allow you to carry on. My thoughts are with you.

  50. Thank you Dr Parker and everyone there who works so bravely and selflessly to help women maintain control of their own bodies. I am almost 60 and had an abortion at 21. I am so grateful that it was legal, in my own town, affordable and provided by a medical professional. I used birth control but still got pregnant. It happens.
    No one wants to have an abortion. No one makes the decision easily. Every woman knows it’s ending a potential life. But sometimes it is the most responsible choice.
    In my 30′s I gave birth to two sons. When I was ready to be a good mother.
    Hard to understand how people can think an unwanted child is ever a good thing.

  51. I just read the Esquire article. What a great piece of journalism. My deepest admiration to Dr. Parker and his service to the women of the south he treats, and the escorts and workers at these clinics. Please don’t give up. You are providing vital services in a time of real concern about women’s ability to control their own reproductive health and choices. I am truly concerned about the world my daughter will inherit regarding the issue of her own reproductive choices and control. Keep fighting the good fight.

  52. I want to let you know that you have people standing with you even from afar. You are doing something that is difficult, but enormously important, and I hope that you find justice in the courts.

    Be well, and keep fighting the good fight.

    Lauren C.

  53. Just heard a profile with the good doctor on NPR this afternoon and now read the Esquire piece. I am a pro-choice, Republican Catholic. God bless the clinic and all of its staff and supporters for your bravery and for preserving the safety and freedom of families.

  54. I read about you guys in Esquire and I want to thank Dr . Parker for the work he’s doing, and all the staff and volunteers of the Pink House. You all mean the world to women and their freedoms. Thank you.
    -Hannah

  55. Thank you for doing what you are doing. People like you and the services and support that you provide are a true blessing.

    Wishing you love and blessings and safety and strength.

    Kristin

  56. I’m from New York State, and I’ve grown up with the notion that I will always have abortion as an option. It’s recently hit me hard how few women have that comfort, and they all should. All women should have access to safe, affordable, non-judgmental medical care and sole jurisdiction over when or if they want to give birth or become a mother. I salute you and all that you do, and sincerely pray for a day when all states in this country will have so many amazing abortion clinics it will be hard to choose which one to use.

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