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Roe v. Wade taught Americans that the value and even acknowledgment of the fact of motherhood lies not in motherhood but in one’s attitude toward it.

By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine, May 12, 2023

John M. Grondelski (Ph.D., Fordham) is a former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. All views expressed herein are his own.

John M. Grondelski

If I were Ketanji Brown Jackson, I’d be glad to be sitting on the Supreme Court, no longer being asked tough questions like defining what a woman is. Her unmemorable response was, “I’m not a biologist.” The title of my essay is intended to be another tough question, one that undoubtedly will pose another puzzlement for some Americans.

When a number of retailers sent out emails in late April inviting women to unsubscribe from Mother’s Day promotional materials, they justified them so as not to be “triggering.” The eventual logic settled upon to justify the opt outs was that some women have either lost children or can’t bear them, so celebrating Mother’s Day is painful for them. …

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