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Wisconsin's Glenn Grothman: Legally Linking Single Parents To Child Abuse And Neglect
Grothman Seeks Legislation Aimed At Single Women!
Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman, Republican, is going after single parents, mostly women, again. Most recently, he has presented a bill that would mandate the state's version of Children's Protective Services to "emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect". The bill, SB 507, was presented last week by Grothman and does not seem to indict fathers, but mothers. Fathers, at least in Grothman's legislation, are the protectors of children. Written into the legislation is a mandate that the agency pay special attention to the "role of fathers in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect". The wording seems to suggest that women are not protectors of their children, or at the very least, single women are not protectors of their children.
According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System's most current report called "Child Maltreatment 2010", a full 53.6% of child abuse and neglect perpetrators were women and 45.2% were men, but those statistics do NOT say that the perpetrators were unmarried. Grothman has always held the belief that traditional marriage is the bedrock of our country, and that is fine. Yet, when Grothman seeks to penalize by way of law, those who are not married, especially women, he goes far beyond the pale.
Child abuse and neglect have not just one contributing factor, but many. A few are:
- mental illness
- substance abuse
- economic hardship
- domestic violence
- unstable marital relationship
And, yes, being a single parent can be a factor, but for Grothman to mandate that single parents be condemned, has no basis in fact. In case you find it difficult to believe that Grothman's legislation condemns single parenthood, SB 507 would require that all literature produced and disseminated by Wisconsin's Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board include that type of language. Grothman believes that 'nonmarital parenting' is not just one of many factors that may contribute to child abuse, but it is the cause of child abuse. It has long been Grothman's belief that traditional marriage is the cure for all that ails us as a country. Strange then, that Grothman has never been married. Indeed, he has never been a parent, yet his legislative record is marked by innumerable efforts to legislate family.
The literature that would be required by the passage of this bill itself is questionable, but the ramifications of this law put into practice could be disastrous. To presume that any single parent is guilty of child abuse before any facts are proven opens the door ever wider and makes it easier to remove children from their homes, whether or not abuse has taken place. More than one-third of households in Wisconsin are headed by single parents, most of whom are women.
Just A Taste of Grothman's Grossness
Grothman has labeled single parenthood as a left-wing conspiracy intended to destroy the family. His remark, ”The left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government."
Grothman was the Wisconsin Senator who called protestors against Governor Scott Walker's attack on collective bargaining "slobs".
Grothman fought against a law that made it easier for women in Wisconsin to sue for wage discrimination.
Grothman has and is fighting to lessen food stamp assistance for single parent families in Wisconsin.
Any law that seeks to help single parent families or women, Grothman comes down on the opposite side, each and every time. This time, he has decided that he will spearhead the fight against single women, whether they be widowed mothers, divorced mothers, or never married mothers.