- Associated Press - Friday, March 2, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — People protested a doctor’s speech at Mississippi State University about the “Christian case for pro-choice.”

The Commercial Dispatch reports that a university group Thursday hosted Dr. Willie Parker, an OB/GYN who has performed abortions at Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Parker said science and religion “are not enemies,” and that as a Christian doctor, he feels compelled to offer safe reproductive health care.

The university has faced blowback for Parker’s appearance. One protester told Parker he would go to hell. Student groups MSU Students for Life and Catholic Campus Ministry hosted an opposition vigil Thursday.

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum released a statement Wednesday saying the university’s goal is to provide students all viewpoints on controversial issues.

Mississippi State University will host anti-abortion speaker Christina Bennett March 6.

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