Remember Wisconsin state senator Glenn Grothman, who called the early-2011 protesters at the state capitol "slobs"? Well, he's been involving himself in controversy again.
(Yes, this is approximately month-old news now. If a thread already exists for this, please let me know.)
Senate Bill 507, which requires the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board "to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect."
Note 1: This bill did not pass, and the Wisconsin State Senate is not currently in session. I am not sure whether this means the bill is dead.
Note 2: Grothman cites studies that have shown that kids are about "twenty times" more likely to be abused if they are living with single parents. Actually, according to Politifact
, it's just one study, and the study finds that the "twenty times" difference is between kids living with married biological parents and kids living with single (as in unmarried) parents and their partners
. Glaringly, there is nothing about single parents who do not live with any other adults
, which this bill seems to target.
This may be because Grothman provides the following as his reasoning:
Wisconsin state senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said "unwanted or mistimed" pregnancies are the “choice of the women” who should learn "that this is a mistake.”
Grothman recently introduced Senate Bill 507, which would formally consider single parenthood a contributing factor to child abuse if passed into law. During an appearance on the Alan Colmes show Friday to discuss the bill, Grothman hit at women who have children out of wedlock and chastised American culture for encouraging "a single motherhood lifestyle."
"There’s been a huge change over the last 30 years and a lot of that change has been the choice of the women," Grothman said, noting that he thinks "we should educate women that this is a mistake."
"I think when you have an epidemic of this great proportion, people are not so dumb that it’s surprising when they get pregnant," Grothman said of "unwanted or mistimed" pregnancies. "I think people are trained to say that ‘this is a surprise to me,’ because there’s still enough of a stigma that they’re supposed to say this."
edited 25th Mar '12 6:14:25 PM by GlennMagusHarvey