During her nomination ceremony in the Rose Garden, President Donald Trump stated that Amy Coney Barrett is making history as the first female Supreme Court Justice nominee with children still in grade school.
President Trump said, “If confirmed, Justice Barrett will make history as the first mother of school-aged children to ever serve on the Supreme Court. That’s great.”
This is not only historic but should be an incredible encouragement to women across the country.
Often, in the pro-abortion community, motherhood and children are treated like an enormous burden that can hinder a woman’s full potential.
Award-winning actress Michelle Williams stated as much during her 2020 Golden Globes acceptance speech, saying, “And I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose. To choose when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives knowing, as all mothers know, that the scales must and will tip toward our children.
On the pro-abortion website Shout Your Abortion, where women share their abortion stories, Patty Oswald wrote, “I went on to get a great job, marry a wonderful man and we have four amazing kids (including a surprise set of twins!). I am so thankful abortion is safe and legal. More women need to be honest about their experience. Abortion gave me the perfect family I always wanted.”
Did Michelle Williams and Patty Oswald achieve what they did because of their abortion, or in spite of it? And what are some of the long-term emotional, spiritual, psychological and physical effects that these two women, and others, have experienced?
Amy Coney Barrett shows women across the country that motherhood is not a hindrance to achievement and career success, but both, in fact, can go hand in hand.
Barrett has seven children, including two who were adopted from Haiti and one with Down syndrome, while currently serving as a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. She has now been nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States, the highest honor in her field.
But this balance isn’t easy, as she admitted during her nomination in the Rose Garden. She stated that at times her husband takes on more than his share of parenting duties.
Barrett said, “Our family includes me, my husband Jesse, Emma, Vivian, Tess, John Peter, Liam, Juliet, and Benjamin. Vivian and John Peter, as the President said, were born in Haiti and they came to us, five years apart, when they were very young. And the most revealing fact about Benjamin, our youngest, is that his brothers and sisters unreservedly identify him as their favorite sibling.
“Our children obviously make our life very full. While I am a judge, I’m better known back home as a room parent, carpool driver, and birthday party planner. When schools went remote last spring, I tried on another hat. Jesse and I became co-principals of the Barrett e-learning academy. And, yes, the list of enrolled students was a very long one.
“Our children are my greatest joy, even though they deprive me of any reasonable amount of sleep. I couldn’t manage this very full life without the unwavering support of my husband, Jesse. At the start of our marriage, I imagined that we would run our household as partners. As it has turned out, Jesse does far more than his share of the work. To my chagrin, I learned at dinner recently that my children consider him to be the better cook.”
Does being a parent mean sacrifices, both big and small? Yes. But it does not mean that a woman has to give up her dreams or aspirations. Hopefully, Barrett’s historic nomination will encourage women across the country to embrace motherhood and, for those who want to, a career at the highest levels.
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