STARKVILLE, Miss. — A physician known as one of the South’s last abortion doctors will speak at Mississippi State University this week, drawing objections from anti-abortion groups.

The Clarion Ledger reports Dr. Willie Parker will present the Christian case for pro-choice views Thursday, in an event sponsored by the university’s gender studies program. Parker practices at Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Several anti-abortion groups, including the American Family Association and Pro-Life Mississippi will hold a rally Thursday to protest Parker’s appearance.

Personhood Mississippi’s Ashley Sigrest says the university is employing a double standard, as past anti-abortion speakers have been funded by organizations, not the university.

Mississippi State spokesman Sid Salter says anti-abortion groups have held numerous events on campus, exposing students to both sides of the abortion debate.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,