Dear Friends and Supporters,
As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what motherhood means in America, what motherhood means in our culture, what motherhood means for our generation. Since Roe v. Wade, our country has defined motherhood as an opt-in phase of life…a point in your life where you can choose to have a child when you want, with whom you want, and even in whose womb you want it. Stripping motherhood from its natural place on the continuum of life, our laws and our culture have continued to enshrine motherhood not as a place of sacrifice and service, but as a role you choose to have whenever you choose. With our laws we have chosen to dilute motherhood to a place where children then become more of accessories than people, and “mother” more of a hobby than a calling.
Yet, motherhood is not lost, even if the winds of popular opinion seek to redefine it. Motherhood is still based upon the sacrifices of a woman for her family, her strength to carry on despite challenging circumstances, and her ingenuity in redeeming beauty out of despair. Forty years of Roe has attempted to skew the notion of motherhood . . .and with that womanhood. The pain of legalized abortion, which has been neither safe nor rare, has wounded the feminine heart and her natural gift of motherhood.