Grothman's Bill Links Nonmarital Parenthood with Child Abuse

State Sen. Glenn Grothman has proposed a bill that would require the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to consider single parenthood a contributing factor to child abuse.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman has proposed a bill that considers nonmarital parenthood a contributing factor to child abuse.

Grothman presented the bill to the Senate Committee on Public Health, Human Services and Revenue public hearing last week, according to the Huffington Post.

Senate Bill 507 states it is "an act to amend ...  statutes ... relating to: requiring the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect."

Grothman was unavailable for comment Monday afternoon but you can read more about his stance in a newsletter he published regarding his belief that the breakdown of the family is America's biggest problem.

The announcement of the bill has turned a lot of heads.

"Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman, the Assistant Majority Leader and a close ally of GOP Governor Scott Walker in the effort to destroy collective bargaining in the Badger State, is taking crazy to new levels," Forbes contributor Rick Unbar wrote.

A post on The New Civil Rights Movement web site also considers the bill an attack on gay couples who are raising children together.

Commentor Nikesha on TheRoot.com suggests that the bill is merely a political distraction from other important social issues. 

A Rhode Island resident started a petition on Change.org: "Withdraw Senate Bill 507 and end the war on women."

In 2009 there were approximately 13.5 million single parents in the U.S., with single mothers outnumbering single fathers five to one according to U.S. Census Data posted on TheBostonChannel.com. Single-parent households make up a third of households in Wisconsin.

An American Community Survey 5-year estimate of Port Washington from the U.S. Census Bureau said that 47 single mothers in Port Washington gave birth to children in the past 12 months (margin of error: +/- 51), while another 80 births were reported by married couples (margin of error: +/- 39).

Grothman was not available for comment Monday afternoon.

Kathy March 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Legislation like this is just more proof that politicians have no clue what is really going on. Statistics shma-tistics! This is another politician barking for some ambiguous language to be added to some print material, the motivation coming from a bunch of data? To me not much different then a weatherman broadcasting a cloudy gloomy day from his basement, it's sunny from my kitchen window - not a cloud in sight. Instead of pointing a finger at a presumed flawed situation, why not do more to empower non marital households, single parent households are not going to go away and I doubt some words will impact the statistics. Any household with children has it challenges, I'd reckon finances are the biggest issue and more troubling for the single parent. The current system of assistance encourages dependence on the assistance. In 1990, I explored getting a little help. I was working 3 jobs, paying full rent, daycare and insurance. I made too much money and was told If I left a job I'd qualify for gobs of assistance. I was penalized for working. I kept my 3 jobs and lived in a rat hole for 8 years with my son.We survived, ONLY because I had a strong work ethic and desire to make it on my own despite many doubting. Perhaps to generalized of a comment, but...I was in those trenches! My single neighbor? She's on child 5, lives in a much nicer place then I, gets her nails done weekly , nice car, vacations and has NEVER worked a day in her life. I've not had a vacation in 20yrs.
dpatric2 March 11, 2012 at 03:13 AM
The national Republican Party has Rush Limbaugh for their spokesman...the Wisconsin Republican Party has their own "little Rush"...Senator Grothman!!!
Tom Kamenick March 26, 2012 at 04:22 PM
http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2012/mar/25/glenn-grothman/gop-wisconsin-state-senator-says-study-shows-kids-/ Politifact rates the claims behind this bill as True.
Greg Huegerich March 26, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Its a concept known as legislating propaganda, forcing a particular spin or slant on issues (whether it be true, false, or "it depends on your beliefs" or "it depends on the study"). This is counterproductive to good government, in that the various "expert" departments should be capable of updating their literature with appropriate facts and information without legislators needing to add their own spin and twist. The same concept applies to birth control and sex ed, these turn into contentious legislative debates on too regular a basis. If this kind of overly controlling legislation continues to get passed, it only creates more red tape that gets cut through every time political parties change-over control in madison. I like to envision this as "Droopy at the elevator control" from the old cartoons. When the left takes power, everyone gets slammed into the ceiling, when the right takes power, we all get slammed on the floor. What the world really needs is common sense policies that cover middle of the road scenarios, as opposed to constant extremism and social control.
Tom Kamenick March 26, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Greg, you win the prize for the best political analogy! Great image. "Going left, sir." WHAM. "Going right, sir." WHAM.


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