Impending repeal of Roe vs. Wade upends the right wing’s latest dog whistle.

The GOP and Trumpsters dog-whistle “Parental Rights!” about anything and anyone who dares speak truth, inclusion or acceptance in schools.

But what about this?

My wife and I raised our daughters to be independent, intelligent, passionate women. That was one of our rights as parents. One of our responsibilities, really.

Now an extremist minority is going to take away our daughters’ right to make their own decisions. But our intention was for them to make those decisons for themselves.

What about OUR parental rights?

And where are our daughters’ human rights?

The truth is that this has never been about life, but exerting control that ruins lives.


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Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger ( nonprofit founder ( and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.


bz · May 4, 2022 at 6:56 pm

I think your post is spot on and the previous comment is also!

Paul · May 4, 2022 at 10:55 am

I purloined the quote below from another blog. It goes straight to the heart of the matter.
“I cannot understand anti-abortion arguments that centre on the sanctity of life. As a species we’ve fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don’t believe in the sanctity of life. The shrugging acceptance of war, famine, epidemic, pain and life-long poverty shows us that, whatever we tell ourselves, we’ve made only the most feeble of efforts to really treat human life as sacred.”

~ Caitlin Moran, How to be a Woman

    Martin C. Fredricks IV · May 4, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Spot on. Thanks, Paul.

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