One Wisconsin Republican is making it his goal to eradicate child abuse and neglect in the state. It would be a noble endeavor if not for one small issue.
He wants single parenting to be listed as a high risk factor for abuse.
According to Addicting Info, Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman has introduced a bill to highlight the ongoing issue of child abuse, and wants more information provided to families about the problem. But in the information, he wants it listed that “nonmarital parenthood” will increase the likelihood of abuse. “In promoting those campaigns and materials, the [Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board] shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect,” his bill reads.
Of course, the vast majority of single parents are women raising children on their own. Single mothers outnumber single fathers 5 to 1, and those women-led families represent a large portion of those households who live in poverty. So the bill in essence is a condemnation on single mothers, many of whom are struggling financially due to support stripped from them by Republican legislators.
This isn’t Grothman’s first foray into attacking single mothers, either. In fact, demeaning women by saying they want government handouts is a particular favorite of his. Fully believing that social programs encourage women to have children out of wedlock, Grothman has been fighting against this “conspiracy of the left” that is trying to end traditional, two parent, male and female families.
No wonder his constituents tried to have him recalled.
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