Mother's Day is an important celebration of the immeasurable value of our mothers. They are the sparkling gems in all our lives. To moms everywhere, we love you.
But just as during great feasts, we remember the hungry, so too should we remember the mothers in our own country who didn't want to be.
There are teenage mothers who were exclusively taught "abstinence only" by their parents, churches and schools and found themselves with the surprise of a lifetime. There are mothers whose partners abandoned them. There are mothers who sought abortions but were either too shamed or legally barred by their state's anti-choice statutes. There are mothers too poor for adequate health care for themselves and their baby. There are mothers who steal and go hungry just to feed their children.
We have abandoned all these mothers, through restrictive laws, economic strangleholds, and freedom-slashing "social values." If you truly love all mothers, then you need to remind your lawmakers that there are very real and very tragic victims of today's conservative agenda.