The Death Of Choice

Welcome To The GOP’s Era Of Big Government

Not only does the Republican Party want to tell you when you will have children, but they also want to regulate how you will raise them.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
3 min readJun 28, 2022

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“For this reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.”

- Clarence Thomas on Supreme Court Decisions that protect contraception, sexual freedom, and marriage equality

Photo by Aiden Craver on Unsplash

When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, he tried to frame himself as a defender of parental rights. According to the presidential aspirant, academic censorship was necessary to ensure that conservative parents maintained the ability to keep their children ignorant about LGBTQ+ issues. Students who sought support while working through gender or sexual identity questions needed to be deprived of confidentiality so that they could be whisked away for conversion therapy as quickly as possible. Religious guilt works best when instilled early.

To no one’s surprise, it did not take DeSantis very long to prove himself to be a hypocrite. Being in danger of having his title of Commander in Chief of the Cultural Warriors usurped by a Florida Representative who proposed legislation “to ‘terminate the parental rights of an adult and hit them with a felony charge if they bring their children to watch drag shows,” DeSantis was forced to weigh in on the subject. He declared that these shows were “not age-appropriate” and stated that he “is considering using child protective services to investigate parents who bring their children to see drag performances.

DeSantis is not the only Republican Governor looking to weaponize Child Protective Services. In an attack on transgender children and their families, Texas Governor Rick Abbott ordered that Texas Child Protective Services investigate families providing gender-affirming care to their children despite the fact that this treatment, provided under the direction of a…

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Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com