- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 11, 2002

Nobles: Mothers everywhere.Tomorrow is officially Mother's Day. We all know what will happen. Breakfasts-in-bed will be served featuring burned toast (because someone mistook the waffle iron for the toaster), blackened bacon (because someone was trying to simultaneously read the sports page and watch the stove) and cups of coffee filled almost, but not completely to the brim, with grounds (because no one could figure out how to use the filter). Mom, of course, will not only clean up the kitchen, but drop into the dishwasher the dirty silverware which was mistakenly placed in the pantry, move the mug of coffee grounds off of the living room couch, and remove the spatula which was left on the still-lit stove. What would we do without her.
Beyond the holiday chores they somehow always get caught up in, mothers occupy a unique position. They are expected to take all the heat when things go wrong, keep control when meltdowns threaten, and yet still supply enough energy to keep everyone in their household well-fueled and warm. Even more amazingly, they do it in family after family, year after year.
If mothers are responsible for bringing barbarians into the next generation, they are also the ones who ensure that potential Attilas grow up to be (mostly) civilized human beings. If every day can't be Mother's Day (smoke from the burned-toast tributes would probably induce global cooling), at least every day should be Mother's Appreciation Day.

Knaves: Planned Parenthood, for an anti-maternal Mother's Day campaign.
Planned Parenthood might be in favor of motherhood. It is certainly in favor of multiplying its membership (since presumably, each member is a wanted member). That combination produced an eminently regrettable Mother's Day promotion.
Visitors to the organization's web site are given the choice of sending four different e-cards to the relations they have not yet aborted their relationships with. Two cards celebrate Planned Parenthood's matriarch, Margaret Sanger, for her long labor in birthing birth-control in America. The other two show ink drawings of mothers in a family way with the caption, "Every child a wanted child."
Yet the cost of having only wanted children is simply appalling. According to the National Right to Life Committee, nearly 40 million Americans have been aborted since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973. In making Mother's Day a celebration of "choice," Planned Parenthood is actually celebrating the loss of 40 million first birthdays, of 40 million lost first words of 20 million lost chances to be a mom.


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