In my years on this earth I have seen some pretty stupid pieces of legislation be introduced at both the local and national level. But recently one was introduced that defied all common decency and logic.
In Wisconsin, a state senator introduced a bill that would penalize single moms by claiming their unmarried status as a contributing factor in child abuse and neglect. The goal of this bill, which was introduced by Republican Senator Glenn Grothman, moves to amend existing state law by “requiring the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”
Yes, this bill claims that being a single parent constitutes child abuse and neglect.
If the bill becomes law it would require an awareness campaign aimed at pointing out that not being married is “abusive and neglectful of children.”
“Whether that leads to more people paying attention and having children after they’re married or whether that leads to some others making a choice for adoptions,” said Grothman. Since the majority of single parents (1/3 of all parents in Wisconsin) are women, and part of the campaign is aimed at proving dads are a part of the solution it is obvious that the target of this bill is single moms.
Now, I know more than my fair share of single moms. As I’m sure you do as well (in fact now that I think about it, I know a number of married moms who might as well be single). These women? Awesome moms. Brilliant kids, smart, kind, living children who I’m sure will make wonderful members of society, as they grow older. Am I really supposed to believe, that because these women were able to escape a horrible marriage or because their husband died tragically, that they are abusing their children?
The variables are endless and I find it hard to believe that this bill could ever pass. But than again, I find it hard to believe anyone would introduce a bill that chastises single mothers (of which 41% of children born in the U.S. were born into last year).
Let alone a man like Grothman who has no children himself.
I may not be a single mother, but I take incredible offense to this. And I firmly believe that ALL parents should take offense to this. I also wish to send out warmest thoughts to all the single moms (AND dads, my brother included!) that I know and that are reading this.
You amaze and inspire me.
And to Senator Grothman, you disgust me. How dare you judge parents when you know nothing about it? How dare you judge single parents, something you know even less about?
These kinds of bills and attacks on women and families need to stop.
I’m especially curious, is there anyone out there who agrees with this bill? If so, please enlighten me as to why…