Glenn Grothman and SB507: 'Single Parenthood is Child Abuse'
SB507: Wisconsin Republican Glenn Grothman Seeks to Associate Single Parents with Child Abuse
Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) introduced a bill that would require the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize non-marital parenthood is a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.
It's interesting for Glenn Grothman to have discovered a sudden interest in the welfare of Wisconsin's children, having recently wanted to cut kindergarten funding for four-year-olds; and co-authored SB 373, which retroactively cut funding to children suffering from lead poisoning.
Actually, Glenn Rothmann isn't thinking about the children. Rather, he's convinced that single parenthood is part of a liberal conspiracy. Seriously.
These are Glenn Rothmann's exact words: "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."
And, no, it's not just you: that really makes no sense.
Efforts to make Glenn Grothman take part in the August 2011 Wisconsin recall election fell short by 5,000 votes. Roughly 1/3 of Wisconsin parents are single parents. We can't help but wonder if, in light of SB 507, a second recall attempt would have a different outcome.
After all, Glenn Grothman just called one-third of Wisconsin parents child abusers.
Here are the pertinent sections of Glenn Grothman's bill; the link will take you to the whole thing:
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.