Happy Mother’s Day!

By Amanda Marcotte
Sunday, May 9, 2010 15:25 EDT
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Young women from the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in New York City came down to the Center for Reproductive Rights offices to talk about how their moms inspired them on reproductive rights and other issues. It’s a super sweet video, made me all schmoopy.

My Mom is an Inspiration from Center for Reproductive Rights on Vimeo.

Funnily enough, today is also the 50th anniversary of when the FDA approved the birth control pill to be sold as contraception. (I do believe it’s the first FDA-approved drug that did anything besides treat disease.) This would seem to be an ironic coincidence, except as Elaine Tyler May notes in her book America and the Pill, for the first decade plus of its existence, the pill was mainly used by married women (mostly mothers), who used it to stop having children, not delay motherhood or avoid it altogether. The Loretta Lynn song “The Pill” really speaks to this reality.

Most Mother’s Day observances neglect remembering that mothers are more than mothers, but are whole people with diverse needs and desires. Transcripts for both the Mother’s Day video and “The Pill” under the fold. Mother’s Day video:

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate a world in which all women have choicesÉ and we’re not alone.

Students from the Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice visited the Center and shared their thoughts.

Tornelle: My Mom has talked to me about: do I want to have a child? When is the right time?

Bianca: I talk to her about HIV/AIDs and if it’s okay for me to get birth control, just in case anything happens.

Daniela: Yeah, I think my Mom’s a feminist.

Carlene: She believes that everybody has a choice, and everybody can make their own decisions.

Bianca: She had a child, her first child – my sister Rosa – when she was seventeen. So she had a lot of experience and doesn’t want me to go through the same thing.

Deborah: I think I’m pro-choice because it should — you should have that option no matter the circumstance.

Daniela: I have become pro-choice.

Ekugbe: You should have the choice to choose whether or not you’re ready for a baby.

Ashley: My mother has spoken to me about being pro-choice.

Deborah: I’m going to thank my Mother on this Mother’s Day for keeping an open mind.

Bianca: She’s definitely an inspiration.

Ashley: I want to thank my Mom for everything.

Tornelle: Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

The Center for Reproductive Rights thanks moms everywhere for raising a generation that cares about choice.

Share this message with someone you care about today.


“The Pill”:

You wined me and dined me
When I was your girl
Promised if I’d be your wife
You’d show me the world
But all I’ve seen of this old world
Is a bed and a doctor bill
I’m tearin’ down your brooder house
‘Cause now I’ve got the pill
All these years I’ve stayed at home
While you had all your fun
And every year thats gone by
Another babys come
There’s a gonna be some changes made
Right here on nursery hill
You’ve set this chicken your last time
‘Cause now I’ve got the pill
This old maternity dress I’ve got
Is goin’ in the garbage
The clothes I’m wearin’ from now on
Won’t take up so much yardage
Miniskirts, hot pants and a few little fancy frills
Yeah I’m makin’ up for all those years
Since I’ve got the pill
I’m tired of all your crowin’
How you and your hens play
While holdin’ a couple in my arms
Another’s on the way
This chicken’s done tore up her nest
And I’m ready to make a deal
And ya can’t afford to turn it down
‘Cause you know I’ve got the pill
This incubator is overused
Because you’ve kept it filled
The feelin’ good comes easy now
Since I’ve got the pill
It’s gettin’ dark it’s roostin’ time
Tonight’s too good to be real
Oh but daddy don’t you worry none
‘Cause mama’s got the pill
Oh daddy don’t you worry none
‘Cause mama’s got the pill

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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