Still, the Enquirer column declares that feminists hate both motherhood and Mother's Day. It dwells mostly on birth control and abortion:
"In America, the ability to prevent pregnancy has overwhelmed society, so much that women who choose to have two children become stigmatized and outcast as religious fanatics. Women who chose to have children in their 20s are deemed unmotivated and intellectually worthless."
And feminists get the blame:
"A high standard of mothering was not created arbitrarily as feminists think. It was created out of experiencing that kind of motherhood. It's the discouragement of feminists that encourages women to detest something that truly makes women special -- the ability to nurture and carry human life within us. Feminists then must hate Mother's Day."
But Julia Ward Howe, who issued her proclamation at a time when women were still nearly a half-century away from the right to vote, clearly recognized that women nurture and carry human life. That message was at the heart of her declaration:
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender to those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."