“Motherhood should always be a choice”

Actress Ashley Judd – daughter of Grammy-winning country music star Naomi Judd, who took her own life last week – has attacked the potential cancellation of Roe vs. Wadesaying, “Motherhood should always be a choice,” as she prepared for her first Mother’s Day without her mother.

“This Sunday is abruptly, shockingly, my first Mother’s Day without my mom,” Ashley Judd wrote in an op-ed for USA today Friday, just six days after Naomi Judd took her own life.

Her mother reportedly committed suicide just a day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“She passed away just hours before her peers at the Country Music Hall of Fame could show her how much they valued her,” Judd continued in her op-ed. “She passed away days before my sister and I could show her again how much we love and honor her.”

The 54-year-old actress then opened up about her mother’s legacy and struggles, then described her “incandescent rage” at people who think women who perform abortions don’t care about the children they have. choose not to dismember in the womb.

“My mom was an amazing coerced parent,” Judd wrote, adding that “motherhood happened to her without her consent. She experienced an unwanted pregnancy at 17, and it led her down a familiar path to so many teenage mothers, including poverty and gender-based violence.

“My mom was a legend. She was an artist and a storyteller, but she had to fight like hell to overcome the hand that was extended to her, to earn her place in history,” she added. “She shouldn’t have fought so hard to share her gifts with the world.”

Judd went on to say that this Mother’s Day she chooses “to honor my mum for the person she was, a mother and so much more”, and asked that others honor their mothers “by demanding a world where motherhood, everywhere, is safe, healthy — and chosen.

“Motherhood should always be a choice,” she said. “Does that sound radical to you? Does it sound like I wish my sister and I weren’t born? If that’s what you think, I’d gladly direct my incandescent rage against you.

Actress’ ‘incandescent rage’ against pro-lifers in America comes after Supreme Court draft opinion quashing Roe vs. Wade was leaked to the press, causing many celebrities to collectively collapse at the idea that the ability to kill one’s own unborn child could be left to individual states.

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