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    Ashley Judd Pens Heartbreaking Essay On Spending Mother’s Day Alone

    Then, seemingly to reference Politico‘s leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on Roe V. Wade, she added, “We see it in the most disadvantaged places. And we see it in our own country.” 

    “Motherhood should always be a choice,” Ashley wrote. “Does that sound radical to you?” 

    She continued, “How much could we, as a society, possibly value motherhood when it is assumed to be an inevitability? When we accept as normal that women and girls will drop out of school and the workforce because they are expected to take on the unpaid labor of childcare? When we fail to protect girls from poverty and violence?” 

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    Instead, Ashley shared that on Mother’s Day on May 8, she plans to “honor my mama for the person she was, a mother and so much more” and encouraged others to do the same. 

    “I ask you to honor your own mother, if you are lucky enough to have her. Honor her for more than her labor and sacrifice. Honor her for her talents and dreams,” she wrote. “Honor her by demanding a world where motherhood, everywhere, is safe, healthy—and chosen.” 

    On April 30, Ashley and Wynonna confirmed in a joint statement their mother had passed away due to the “disease of mental illness” just one day before The Judds singer was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She was 76.

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