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For Mother’s Day, young women who care about choice

May 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Love this video from the Center for Reproductive Rights, where teen girls from the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in NYC explain how their moms have inspired their thoughts about choice. It’s one more reminder that young women do care about these issues, and it’s because their moms taught them how to make the best decisions about their own lives.

This is certainly true for me–not only did my mother write about and help found groups that fought for reproductive rights, but she was always completely supportive of my decisions about sex and health. One of the most touching moments of my teenhood is the day I was freaking out about a broken condom. I was on the phone with my friend in my room, talking in whispers, trying to hide the problem from my mom. She knew something was up, anyway. She sat me down, told me calmly that I could tell her anything, and that she was sure she could help. When I confessed that my bf’s and my condom had failed us, she nonchalantly called her gyno, and I had a prescription for Plan B within 15 minutes. No judgment, no lectures–just motherly help when I needed it.

Check out what the girls in the video have to say:


Tags: Feminism and parenting · Generations

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  • 1 What are good destinations to vacation alone? | The Big Vacation Site // May 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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  • 2 Janna // May 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you so much for posting the Center’s video and sharing your personal story about why your mom is awesome! “No judgment, no lectures–just motherly help when I needed it” — what a great message!

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