Carolyn Jessop puts the protest of FLDS mothers into perspective:
I had eight children in 15 years, but I did not know what a miracle it is to be a mother. I had no way of knowing the deep gladness mothering gives. I didn’t know because in the FLDS, great emphasis is put on breaking the bonds between a mother and her child.
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I have heard people say they think it’s cruel that children have been separated from their mothers because of the raid on the Texas compound. But that’s a projection of an attached and loving relationship. Some women manage to forge a connectedness, but many do not. Most children attach to another child for survival and protection like children do in orphanages.
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