A controversial abortion doctor is set to speak at a Mississippi university and two pro-life organizations are asking for an opposing view.
The gender studies department at Mississippi State University has invited Dr. Willie Parker to speak March 1 as part of Women's History Month.
A self-professed Christian, Parker is known not just for his advocacy for abortion but for defending abortion based on his faith. Hence the title of Parker's speech is "Abortion and the Christian Case for Choice."
Tanya Britton of Pro-Life Mississippi tells OneNewsNow the pro-life group contacted MSU and requested the university allow a pro-life physician to speak and give a rebuttal to Parker.
She says the university's president, Mark Keenum, claimed that MSU has provided pro-life events in the past, and would allow more in the future, but turned down the request.
"It did not satisfy our organization," she says of the president's reply. "At the very least we were hoping that the presentation would be done debate-style and allow someone to come in to counter his argument, and that did not happen."
Pro-Life Mississippi has been joined by Mississippi-based American Family Association, which also requested "equal time" for a pro-life point of view.
AFA used its "Action Alert" email to inform supporters of Parker's invitation, and to encourage its supporters to contact MSU and ask Keenum to allow an opposing view to Parker's controversial pro-abortion stance.
The "Action Alert" points out that Parker was invited by an academic department, not a student-led organization, and the event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, College of Arts and Sciences, and other departments. That list suggests Parker's speech has been endorsed by the university itself, AFA suggests.
AFA spokesman Walker Wildmon says the university confirmed to AFA that taxpayers' funds are paying for Parker's speech but would not disclose the expenditure.
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.