Motherhood: a great gift, a great responsibility. The real “oldest profession,” an amazing, exhausting, unending, uplifting assignment which women have been bravely taking on for all of recorded time.
Nine months of miraculous but uncomfortable growth, a few hours of often agonizing pain, and a lifetime of caring, teaching, loving, worrying over and praying for the life one has brought into the world.
And yet, the National Organization of Women (NOW) thinks that it would be a good idea to thank the mothers among us who have stood up for legalized abortion. Somehow, making it optional to actually care, teach, love, worry and pray for a child one has conceived, is seen as noble and progressive?
Notice the banner down in the right-hand corner: …was marching for safe and legal abortion really the best thing that YOUR mother did for you?
That’s the hallmark that we want to celebrate this year? “Thanks, Mom, for helping make it possible for me to kill my own children before they’re born and avoid being a mom myself.”
Somehow, I can’t imagine that any mother would want THAT to be the single thing that their kids thanked them for.
Kathryn Jean Lopez, writing in the National Review Online, made this observation:
“…I know it’s imperative for branding purposes that arms of the abortion industry be seen as mainstream as, well, moms and apple pie. But for anyone born in the last 41 years now, it is of course despite abortion being legal that a daughter or son is here to send or receive a Mother’s or Father’s Day card this month or next. Perhaps NOW counts on people not being reflective about it — a strategy that has largely worked up until now?
If Planned Parenthood or NARAL Pro-Choice America haven’t sent out their e-card mass mailing yet, they might consider something more direct:
Thank you, Mom, for not being that wedded to your principles.
I survived the “freedom of choice.” Thank you, Mom!
I’m alive! Thank you, Mom. “
On this Mother’s Day, I sincerely hope that you have many more important things for which to thank your own mom. And while you’re at it, you can thank God for giving you life through her…and for being even more pro-life than she was:
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”
(Isaiah 49:15-16 NIV)