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Hollering and grousing about garbage anti-choice legislation and its discontents is one of my preferred activities, and we should all do more of it, but there's something uniquely appealing about hearing from John Oliver what reproductive rights advocates have been saying for years:

That segment, from Last Week Tonight, succinctly describes the crisis facing women's health in the US right now, one fueled by anti-choice laws meant to transform a fundamental, legal right into an inaccessible luxury, all under the guise of protecting women from themselves, I guess? LOLSOB. If that clip made you feel feelings—and it absolutely should have; congratulations, hey great news, you have a heart!—and you're wondering, "Hey, Megan, can you customize a lady issues syllabus for me, now that I care about them deeply?" the answer is oh hell yes, I am glad you asked, high five, here are two good places to start.

Dr. Willie Parker, who appears in a clip on Oliver's show, reading to his patients from a mandated, scientifically wrong script before correcting it, is one of only two doctors who travel to Mississippi to provide abortions in the state's last remaining abortion clinic, exhibit A among the red-tape-happy anti-choice laws Oliver discusses in that segment. The last abortion clinic in Mississippi is nicknamed "The Pink House," because its owner painted in pink as an act of defiant visibility. In 2014, Esquire published a lengthy profile on Parker, that should only be read sitting down and with easy access to several hankies, or, you know, booze:

Many of these women come from hours away, one from a little town on the Kentucky border that's a seven-hour drive. They don't know much about Dr. Parker... They certainly don't know about the "come to Jesus" moment, as he pointedly describes it, when he decided to give up his fancy career to become an abortion provider. Or that, at fifty-one, having resigned a prestigious job as medical director of Planned Parenthood, he's preparing to move back south and take over a circuit roughly similar—for safety reasons, he won't be more specific—to the one traveled by Dr. David Gunn before an antiabortion fanatic assassinated him in 1993. Or that his name and home address have been published by an antiabortion Web site with the unmistakable intent of terrorizing doctors like him. Or that he receives threats that say, "You've been warned." Or that he refuses to wear a bulletproof vest, because he doesn't want to live in fear—"if I'm that anxious, they've already taken my life"—but owns a stun gun because a practical man has to take precautions. What they do know is this:

He is the doctor who is going to stop them from being pregnant.

Do go on reading.

You can also watch the entirety of the 2005 Frontline documentary about that clinic, intro to gender studies mainstay The Last Abortion Clinic, here.