As if the War on Women were not bad enough already, Senator Glenn Grothman (R-Wisconsin) apparently introduced Senate Bill 507, which would declare single parenting child abuse.
Single parents supposedly make up a third of Wisconsin’s families. The U.S. Census Bureau stated that 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 the bill:
Section 1. 48.982 (2) (g) 2. of the statutes is amended to read: 48.982 (2) (g) 2. Promote statewide educational and public awareness campaigns and materials for the purpose of developing public awareness of the problems of child abuse and neglect. In promoting those campaigns and materials, the board shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.
Section 2. 48.982 (2) (g) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
48.982 (2) (g) 4. Disseminate information about the problems of and methods of preventing child abuse and neglect to the public and to organizations concerned with those problems. In disseminating that information, the board shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.
Grothman also proposes strict cuts in programs that assist single parents with caring for their children, including childcare. He recommended that children spend no more than 40 hours per week in a childcare setting.
According to an audio video on Fox Radio, he targets mothers, wanting to educate them about “abuse and single parenting”, encouraging them not to leave their abusive husbands and go on welfare, telling them they would risk abusing their children to do so. He states that children in two parent households are at lower risk of abuse and believes women know when they are getting into an abusive situation. He believes women purposely have children out of wedlock and abuse their children. He also believes his bill will become law in two years, due to single mothers abusing their children and having children out of wedlock. He even stated that this is not a good reason for birth control for women and believes all women have access to birth control. He also believes women do not become pregnant by accident. He blames women for the change since the 60s and we should educate women that leaving abusive men and becoming single parents is a mistake.
According to RH Reality Check, Grothman believes single mothers abuse their children, including if they live with the father and not married to him, despite deadbeat fathers.
Indiana Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), a Republican in Wisconsin’s state senate, thinks that children from single parents are probably victims of child abuse. In his world, a deadbeat dad (Joe Walsh, anyone?) is an American hero whereas the single mom is a disordered, unstable Harlot and should probably be raped by a state doctor. But seriously, Grothman recently authored a controversial bill that directly targets single parents, which the State Senator plans on presenting to the Senate Committee on Public Health, Human Services and Revenue.
A portion of the bill states:
“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.”
Lisa Subeck, Victoria Gutierrez, and Timothy Riley, as well as others, speak out against this bill in a Senate Committee hearing.
Subeck claims to have a background in Head Start, as well as other positions dealing with women's needs before working with NARAL, working with single parents and cannot believe accusing women of child abuse is government’s role, but is not surprised given the War on Women. She gives a list of things that do help in making abuse less of a risk factor and cites abuse where there were two parents, one of which was severe sexual and physical abuse and neglect, stating that the young girl was “kept off the grid” because the mother filled out a form stating the child was homeschooled. She stated marriage is a religious institution and keep certain people from marrying. She suggests giving parents the real tools that prevent child abuse and state the real risk factors that put their children in jeopardy of abuse.
Gutierrez stated that the bill re-victimizes women, such as herself, who leave abusive husbands. She believes Grothman is out of touch with society, especially concerning abused women.
Riley stated that it is an assault the rights of others, such as gay couples and their children. He stated it denies the rights of various groups.
According to Forbes, Grothman opposed sex education in 2010, because he feared teachers would encourage students to become gay.