Ashley Judd aimed to potentially undo Roe v. Wade in op-ed in honor of her late mother Naomi as she celebrates her first Mother’s Day without her.
Judd, 54, wrote an Op-Ed for USA Today in which she recalled her late mother Naomi Judd, who allegedly killed herself last month before she was due to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
‘This Sunday is suddenly, shockingly, my first Mother’s Day without mom,’ the actress wrote. ‘She died just a few days before my sister and I could show her again how much we love and respect her.
‘It shouldn’t have been like this. I should have visited her on Sunday, given her a box of antique sweets, our family tradition, ‘added Judd. ‘Instead, I’m single. But my heart is not empty. She is full of gratitude for what she left behind. Her nurturing and tenderness, her music and 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 being imposed by motherhood, she still gave her all yourself.
Judd wrote that her mother ‘had to fight hell to win the hand given to her, to earn her place in history’
Ashley and her sister Wynonna – (pictured) who has performed with Naomi in ‘The Judds’ for years – have revealed that she has succumbed to ‘mental illness’
Judd described her ‘fiery rage’ over the possibility of Roe v. Wade being annulled, citing the maternal mortality rate and the high murder and suicide rate of pregnant women
‘Motherhood happened to her without her consent,’ Judd wrote. ‘She experienced an unwanted pregnancy at the age of 17 and this led her to a path known to many adolescent mothers, including poverty and gender-based violence.’
Judd wrote that her mother ‘had to fight hell to overcome the hand given to her to earn her place in history’, adding: ‘She didn’t have to fight so hard to share her gifts with the world.’
The actress then describes her ‘fiery rage’ over the possibility of Roe v. Wade being annulled, citing a maternal mortality rate and a high murder and suicide rate for 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? If that’s what you think, I’ll be happy to direct my fierce anger at you, ‘she wrote.
‘How much could we, as a society, value motherhood at all when it is assumed that it is inevitable? When do we accept as normal that women and girls will leave school and the workforce because they are expected to take on unpaid childcare work? When do we fail to protect girls from poverty and violence? ‘ she continued.
On the eve of Mother’s Day Ashley Judd, 54, (left) wrote an op-Ed for USA Today where she remembered her late mother Naomi Judd. Naomi (right) allegedly killed herself last month, the day before she was due to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Judd then begged people to respect their mothers ‘demanding a world in which motherhood, everywhere, is safe, healthy – and chosen’
Her op-Ed comes days after it appears the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, a significant ruling that effectively legalized abortions across America.
A draft legal opinion leaked to Politico reveals that five Republican-nominated judges – a majority of nine court judges – agree on what would be enough to force a change in the law – although their decision is not final until the verdict is officially announced.
In a leaked document, conservative judge Samuel Alito writes that Roe v. Wade – a 1973 Supreme Court ruling that over-state regulation of abortion was unconstitutional – was “grossly wrong from the start” and “must be overturned.”
Days earlier Judd had lost her mother after the legendary the singer took her own life and her family was destroyed.
Ashley and her sister Wynonna – who starred with her in ‘The Judds’ for years – have revealed that she has succumbed to ‘mental illness’.
Naomi Judd has written extensively about her struggle with depression, and even mentioned suicide in an open letter published in People 2018 magazine.
In her 2018 essay, Naomi Judd advocated more research into the nature of suicide.
Judd’s Op-Ed comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court appears to overturn Roe v. Wade, a significant ruling that effectively legalized abortions across America
‘To better understand this issue, we need to introduce the study of suicide into mainstream neuroscience and treat the condition like any other brain disorder,’ she wrote.
‘People who commit suicide have problems with mood, impulse control and aggression, all of which include discrete circuits in the brain that regulate these aspects of human experience, but we still don’t understand how these circuits break down in the victim’s suicide brain.’
She described how she felt depressed in an interview with People magazine in 2016.
‘No one can understand that unless you’ve been there,’ she said.
‘Think of your worst day of your life – someone passed away, you lost your job, you found out you were betrayed, your child has a rare disease – you can take it all at once and put it together and that’s how depression feels.’
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 abuse and sexual abuse.
At the height of their popularity, Naomi survived the hitherto incurable hepatitis C virus, after being declared cured five years after her diagnosis.
The mother and daughter performers achieved 14 No. 1 songs in a career that spanned nearly three decades. After climbing to the top of country music, they discontinued it in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi with hepatitis.
Judds ‘hits include Love Can Build a Bridge from 1990, Mom He’s Crazy 1984, Why Not Me 1984, Turn It Loose 1988, Girls Night Out 1985, Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain 1986 and Grandpa in 1986 .