Working in the global reproductive health arena, I think about the profound grief my own mother experienced having lost a child and then about the millions of women around the world who face this sort of grief as a part of their daily lives because they lack access to reproductive health care. But we can make a change this Mother’s Day.
Center for Reproductive Rights celebrates the biggest role model for young women and reproductive health, their mothers.
At 18, I chose to carry my unintended pregnancy to term. Now conservatives are taking choices away from other women. On Mother’s Day, we need to celebrate but also stand for women to have the same right to choose I did.
31 people have died from swine flu-multiply that
by 17,290 and you come close to the 536,000 pregnant women who die every year
from largely preventable causes.
It is not surprising that the countries with the
highest maternal mortality are war-torn.
Perhaps best said by a woman in Eastern Congo,
"We are victims of war. We don’t take up
arms, but we, the women suffer the most."
Escorts stand shoulder to shoulder, bound to strangers in an effort to offer a kind word or two to clients who are exercising their right to make a compassionate, informed, responsible decision, a motherly choice.
Far too much is made of a mother’s obligations to her children and far too little of a child’s love for her mother. If fetuses could love, I think they would be as passionate in defense of their mothers as born children become.
This Mother’s Day, move beyond brunch to acknowledge the courageous acts of all mothers, and wake up Monday morning ready to work toward a world in which pregnancy, parenting, abortion and adoption choices are all honored fully and equally.
Religious fundamentalists’ fear isn’t that feminism will lead all women to reject motherhood, but rather that in the capacity for choice, women challenge the notions that rationalize male domination embedded in traditional meanings of motherhood.
African women giving birth are often affected by low incomes and and high stress levels, increasing the likelihood of onset of postpartum depression.
We need a world that supports and respects safe and voluntary motherhood, not just with cards, fancy dinners, and sentiment on one Sunday a year, but by respecting our rights every single day.