Ashley Judd Pays Tribute to Mom Naomi and Calls Out Roe vs. Wade Reversal in Op-Ed
Ashley Judd took aim at the potential Roe v. Wade in an op-ed honoring his late mother Naomi as she celebrates her first Mother’s Day without her.
Judd, 54, wrote the op-ed for USA Today in which she remembers her late mother Naomi Judd, who allegedly took her own life last month a day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“This Sunday is abruptly, shockingly, my first Mother’s Day without my mom,” the actress wrote. “She passed away days before my sister and I could show her again how much we love and honor her.
‘It wasn’t supposed to be like this. I was supposed to visit him on Sunday, to give him an old-fashioned candy box, our family tradition,” Judd added. ‘Instead, I’m undocked. But my heart is not empty. He is filled with gratitude for what she left behind. His education and his tenderness, his music and his memory.
Judd, known for her roles in films such as ‘Kiss the Girls’, ‘Double Jeopardy’ and ‘Heat’ also wrote about her mother’s journey with mental illness and how, despite motherhood having been imposed, she still did her best.
Judd wrote that his mother “had to fight like hell to overcome the hand that was dealt to her, to earn her place in history”.
Ashley and her sister Wynonna – (pictured together) who starred with Naomi for years on ‘The Judds’ – revealed she had succumbed to ‘mental illness’
Judd described his ‘incandescent rage’ at the possibility that Roe v. Wade be quashed, citing maternal mortality rates and high rates of murder and suicide of pregnant women
“Motherhood happened to her without her consent,” Judd wrote. “She experienced an unwanted pregnancy at 17, and it took her down a road familiar to so many teenage mothers, including poverty and gender-based violence.”
Judd wrote that her mother “had to fight like hell to overcome the hand that was dealt to her, to earn her place in history”, adding: “She shouldn’t have had to fight so hard to share his gifts with the world.”
The actress then describes her “incandescent rage” over the possibility that Roe v. Wade is overturned, citing maternal mortality rates and high rates of murder and suicide of pregnant women.
“Motherhood should always be a choice. Does that sound radical to you? Does that sound like I wish my sister and I weren’t born? you,” she wrote.
‘How much could we, as a society, value motherhood when it is supposed to be inevitable? When we accept it as normal for women and girls to drop out of school and the labor market because they are expected to take on the unpaid work of childcare? When we fail to protect girls from poverty and violence? she continued.
Ahead of Mother’s Day, Ashley Judd, 54 (left), wrote an op-ed for USA Today where she remembers her late mother Naomi Judd. Naomi (right) reportedly committed suicide last month a day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Judd went on to advocate for people to honor their mothers by “demanding a world where motherhood, everywhere, is safe, healthy – and chosen”
His op-ed comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court appeared set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that effectively legalized abortions across America.
A draft legal opinion, which was leaked to Politico, reveals that five Republican-appointed justices — the majority of the court’s nine justices — agree on the question that would be enough to force a change in the law — though their decision is not final until the decision is officially published.
In the leaked document, conservative Justice Samuel Alito writes that Roe v Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court decision that found excessive state regulation of abortion to be unconstitutional — was “grossly wrong from the start. ” and “must be cancelled”.
A few days earlier, Judd lost his mother after the legendary singer committed suicide, leaving her family devastated.
Ashley and her sister Wynonna – who starred with her for years on ‘The Judds’ – have revealed she succumbed to the ‘disease of mental illness’.
Naomi Judd had written extensively about her struggles with depression and even referenced suicide in an open letter published in People magazine in 2018.
In her 2018 essay, Naomi Judd argued for more research into the nature of suicide.
Judd’s Op-Ed comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court appeared set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that effectively legalized abortions across America
“To better understand this problem, we need to integrate the study of suicide into mainstream neuroscience and treat the disease like any other brain disorder,” she wrote.
“People who commit suicide experience problems with mood, impulse control, and aggression, all of which involve discrete circuits in the brain that regulate these aspects of the human experience, but we still don’t understand how these circuits go haywire in the brains of suicide victims.’
She described how depression feels about her in a 2016 interview with People magazine.
“Nobody can figure it out if you haven’t been there,” she said.
“Think about your worst day of your entire life – someone died, you lost your job, you found out you were betrayed, your child had a rare disease – you can take it all at once and put them together and that’s what depression looks like.
In her book “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope”, she writes about the struggles of a single mother and a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault.
At the height of their popularity, Naomi lived through the previously incurable hepatitis C virus, having been declared cured five years after diagnosis.
The mother-daughter performers scored 14 No. 1 songs during a career that spanned nearly three decades. After reaching the peak of country music, they called it quits in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi with hepatitis.
The Judds’ hits include Love Can Build a Bridge in 1990, Mama He’s Crazy in 1984, Why Not Me in 1984, Turn It Loose in 1988, Girls Night Out in 1985, Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain in 1986 and Grandpa in 1986.
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