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Is Single Parenting “Child Abuse?”

Is Single Parenting “Child Abuse?”

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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10:04AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

My son has a MUCH more stable life than he did when I was with his father. My ex husband rarely came home, and my son was not yet a year old. We never knew when he would show up, so for the most part I was a single mom WHILE I was married. The tension and stress and arguing wasn't good for him. Now I am happier, I am gradually becoming financially secure, and my son has all that he needs. Many times a single parent has a lot more to give when they are able to focus their attention and effort onto their child instead of on an abusive or failing relationship

12:23AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

It is true that with a single parent there is more stress which could increase the chances of abuse but this does not mean that single parents will become abusive. Persons who will probably abuse their children or spouse will show these traits long before they are single parents and has nothing to do with their marital status.

1:20PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Maybe MEN should stop having sex with us, then we wouldn't have these issues.... .eh? EH? Ever think about THAT guys? I 've been saying it for the last year, women need to go on a sex strike.

5:35PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

if they don't want single mothers, maybe they should think twice about opposing abortion. people are going to have sex, like it or not, and from sex comes babies. who do they think are going to take care of those babies? oh yeah, force an unwillling mother to have a child and then take any support she may have had struggling to raise that child away from her. genius!

12:35PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

I am a male single parent who has complete custody of two of my children and a third is moving in this summer. This man is full of crap! I take it as a direct insult to the people who take on the daunting challenge of being a single parent in this society. Why is the system using law and fear to keep us in a constant state of reaction. I believe they are hitting us from all sides with maddening laws, ideas, wars and so on just to keep us busy while they screw us some other way! It's all smoke and mirrors! What else could it be? No one is this stupid.

11:29AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

The last I heard and I think it's still true is it takes TWO to make a baby, yet it's always the women who has to raise them and not the men. If the men would start stepping up and doing their part, and no money isn't it, we could see a lot less abuse.

11:21AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

There's a lot of people out there who appearently find it ok to slander all single women with children[even if they're single because of divorce], poor people, drug addicts, at least the obvious ones, and those they assume are 'able bodied adults too lazy to work'. I think people who pick on those more vulnerable than themselves are called bullies. Maybe we should relcaim our 'bully power' and start expecting them to justify their existence.

8:21AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Instead of advancing our society seem to going back! And back and back!

1:55AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Forget all the above.

Go and ask those idiots from Norway who say that even when both the parents are alive and looking after their children, they say that sleeping with the child and playing in a particular way are offences that warrant "kidnapping" the child by the govt and looking after the kid. Parents are allowed only once a year for an hour to say Hello to their children. In the recent past they have put a hapless Indian couple to great mental stress. Who else could look after the child better than the mother herself? Who will tell those morons?

This is a pure govt sponsored terror and kidnapping act. Would someone please start a signature campaign to stop such terrorist activities?

4:52PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

It baffles me how these politicians can come up with increasingly ridiculous ideas. It annoys me how this guy wants to turn this important issue in another "war against women" by attacking single parenting, especially considering that men can and are single parents as well! I bet this man has no idea what he is talking about. Disgusting.

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