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‘Douche du Jour’: Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin GOP State Senator, Introduces Bill That Declares Single Parenthood Causes “Child Abuse”

A Republican state senator from Wisconsin has introduced a bill that declares single parenthood a cause of child abuse and neglect.

The Huffington Post reports that state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) has introduced SB 507, which would formally declare single parenthood to be a “contributing factor” to child abuse and neglect. According to the measure:

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.

According to the Huffington Post, as many as one- third of Wisconsin’s families are single-parent families, with around 13.7 million such families across America.

Sen. Grothman is a vociferous critic of single-parent families and social programs designed to alleviate the burdens of socioeconomic disadvantage.

“The family is the center of a free and independent society,” a Grothman newsletter declares. “This is why the abolition of the family was a goal of Karl Marx and has been of atheistic socialists ever since.”


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  1. Leslie BaileyMarch 5, 2012 at 10:11 amReply

    I completely agree with the senator. I live in Michigan and we have the same problem here. My husband and I have a 2yr old son with Cystic Fibrosis, we both work full time, I go to college part time(without government assistance), and my son still doesn’t qualify for Social Security!!! P.S. My sister-in-law who was on welfare got to go to college for free via government money…and my friend who collects $800 a month in child support from 3 different babies fathers goes to school for free…What the heck is going on?

    • Brett WilkinsMarch 5, 2012 at 10:25 amReplyAuthor

      Your argument falls apart when you consider all the single parents who earn far more than the average American two-parent family. Are they better parents just because they can afford things for their kids than you and your husband can? Of course not! So, just because you can afford to do more for your kids without government assistance does NOT make you and your husband better parents than your sister-in-law or your friend.

    • AmandaMarch 7, 2012 at 8:51 amReply

      Leslie, you are missing the point; as is the Senator. I understand where he is coming from, as a Family Court attorney in New York, but he is not going about it the right way. Yes, it is a fact that LOW-INCOME SINGLE-PARENT families have a higher rate of child-abuse and neglect than the ‘traditional family’. I myself am a single parent and I can tell you right now I have never been on public assistance, put myself through school, and provide a better life for my daughter than most of her friends whose parents are still together. Aside from that, the bill this Senator is proposing is preposterous! To group all single-parents in together is wrong! He is not accounting for the families where one of the parents have died, parents headed by same-sex couples (since Wisconsin still doesn’t recognize gay marriage), families whose parents are divorced because of abuse. And one of the main proponents of this bill is the fact that having a father in a child’s life is one of the biggest factors in preventing child abuse. I hope this bill goes nowhere, and I truly hope that you never end up a single-parent for whatever the reason and have to deal with the judgments of people telling you you’re a bad parent because of extenuating circumstances.

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