I really don’t have a whole lot I can say here. I have yet to unclench my teeth, and am also typing this with one hand due to the fact that it’s the only fist where I was able to uncurl my fingers.
Please make sure you’re sitting down when you read this. Here are the high points of something that I was just alerted to:
Wisconsin Senator Glenn Grothman has just sponsored Senate Bill 507, which would formally make single parent hood a contributing factor to child abuse. So, just being single is the equivalent of being in a domestically violent household.
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.
Now, I think I can see where the basis lies, in that often single parents are overwhelmed, and it causes unmanageable stress, which in unfortunate cases leads to child abuse… but, uh, this is not exclusive to single parents.
Also, promoting public awareness campaigns to develop public awareness? What’s with the double-talk, Senator? Do you also promote oxygen to develop oxygen?
So if a school counselor or mandated reporter happens to hear that little Timmy lives with his mommy and doesn’t have a daddy, will he/she have to start paying closer attention to Timmy? If he shows up with a bruise (that he actually got in class when the bully threw a book at hid head), will the police come grab the mother at her job and be like, “You’e single, your kid is bruised, therefore, child abuse.” ?
Since the majority of single parents are, in fact, female – this cannot be classified as anything more than just another attack in the war on women. Also… why is divorce not listed in this law, seeing as how it directly leads to nonmarital parenthood? If you leave your spouse a widow, can you be tried posthumously for child abuse?
The actions of socially conservative Republican lawmakers across the country have delved into the dark ages to tell us how they want us womenfolk to behave. They don’t want us using birth control, even if we’re married, or taking emergency contraception. No abortion. As young women, they don’t want us to be taught that sex can get us pregnant. And now, we can’t have children if we’re not married.
Basically they want us to be virgins until we get married, and then let our husbands constantly impregnate us.