Listen up, women of America: If Amy Coney Barrett gets to the U.S. Supreme Court, every day will be Mother’s Day. Instead of being taken for granted, you will be feted for your wisdom, life skills and fecundity. In fact, the more kids you have, the higher your stock. So start producing!

That message came out loud and clear during the first day of Barrett’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The other message: Woe to those who would criticize Barrett. That’s like assailing motherhood itself.