Ashley Judd Wrote a moving essay in memory of her late mother Naomi Judd before the first Mother’s Day without her.
In the section for USA Todaythe actress used her mother’s recent death as a way to discuss the importance of being able to choose to be a mother and Roe v. Wade The Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion suggests the ruling could be overturned in the very near future. “This Sunday is suddenly, all of a sudden, my first Mother’s Day without my mom,” Judd began. “She passed away just hours before her peers at the Country Music Hall of Fame could demonstrate to her how much they appreciated her. She passed away just a few days before my sister and I can show her once again how much we love and respect her.”
She continued, “It’s not supposed to be this way. I was supposed to visit her on Sunday, to give her an old-fashioned, family-style candy box. We were supposed to have sweet pleasure in each other’s easy presence. Instead, I don’t feel bored. But my heart is not empty. It was filled with gratitude for what she left behind. Her nurturing and tenderness, her music and her memory. ” But the actress went on to say that her heart is also filled with “incandescent rage” because Naomi “stolen me with her mental illness, because of the wounds she brought with her from the trauma she suffered. her whole life began when she was a girl. ”
Judd explained that her mother was not a mother of choice, but a 17-year-old girl who accidentally became pregnant, which “put her down a path familiar to so many teenage mothers.” youth, including poverty and gender-based violence”. She cites statistics from the World Health Organization estimating that more than 800 women die every day in 2017 from preventable causes related to pregnancy, and shares her experience. while traveling to South Sudan, where she met women “whose bodies were fractured during childbirth”. The actress also highlighted the US maternal mortality rate, one of the highest in the developed world, begging the question, “Do we take them seriously?” She asked, “As a society, how much can we value motherhood when it is taken for granted? When do we accept normally that women and girls will drop out of school and the workforce because they have to take up unpaid childcare work? When we fail to protect girls from poverty and violence? “
Judd concluded, “My mother is a legend. She is an artist and a storyteller, but she had to fight like hell to get over the hand she was dealt with, to earn her place in history. She shouldn’t have to struggle so hard to share her gifts with the world. This Mother’s Day, I choose to honor my mother for who she is, a mother and so much more. And I ask you to honor your own mother, if you are lucky enough to have her. Let’s honor her above all her labor and sacrifice. Let’s honor her for her talent and her dreams. Let’s honor her by demanding a world where motherhood, everywhere, is safe, healthy – and chosen.”
https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2022/05/ashley-judd-mothers-day-essay-naomi-judd-death-wynonna-judd Ashley Judd Pays Tribute to Her Late Mom Naomi Judd in a Mother’s Day Essay