Is being a parent outside of traditional marriage child abuse?
Even the Senator knows his idea is too whacked out to be acceptable to the public, using the term "politically incorrect" rather than the more accurate term of morally reprehensible, but that didn't stop him from giving it a try.
Since the vast majority of single parents are women, the proposal fits nicely into the GOP's nationwide push to target them for special regulation in dozens of ways, this time as a source of child abuse, even though no evidence of it exists in decades of study.
If we were to accept the Senator's argument, it would make a good basis for an eventual argument that outlawing single, gay, or unmarried parenting in order to reduce child abuse should be considered. That would leave the traditional Christian family as the only form acceptable for procreation, and maybe the hope is that since the rest could no longer have children their ideals would die off in a generation or two.
Wisconsin Lawmaker Introduces Law To Classify Single Parenthood As Child Abuse
Photo via Grothman's website.
Senate Bill 507 specifically requires "the Child Abuse and Neglect
Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing
factor to child abuse and neglect."
A third of Wisconsin parents are single parents,
but this law affects even more than that. The way the law refers to
"nonmarital parenthood" also makes this applicable to non-married
couples, including same-sex couples. S.B. 507 reads:
Section 1. 48.982 (2) (g) 2. of the statutes is amended to
read: 48.982 (2) (g) 2. Promote statewide educational and public
awareness campaigns and materials for the purpose of developing public
awareness of the problems of child abuse and neglect. In promoting
those campaigns and materials, the board shall emphasize nonmarital
parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.
Section 2. 48.982 (2) (g) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
48.982 (2) (g) 4. Disseminate information about the problems of and
methods of preventing child abuse and neglect to the public and to
organizations concerned with those problems. In disseminating that
information, the board shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a
contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.
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