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A bill has been proposed by Sen. Glenn Grothman to consider single parenting as child abuse.  Sen. Grothman is a republican from Wisconsin who has created a bill to have the state’s Health department consider children from single parent homes as victims of child abuse.

If passed into law the bill would create a campaign that would “emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect

That’s right folks, you got it. According to this man if you are a single parent you are committing a crime and automatically neglecting your child.  Never mind that there are single mothers and fathers out here busting their asses to be sure that their children’s needs get met.  Forget about the fact that according to the U.S. Census Bureau there are approximately 13.6 million single parents in the United States today, and those parents are responsible for raising 21.2 million children.   I also guess it doesn’t matter that the number of homes with single fathers has grown by 60% in the last 10 years.

I don’t know who this senator is or what his motivation is for trying to push such non sense onto his constituents but this bill alone proves that he is not in touch with reality and not fit to serve.  The preservation of the family structure is something that I think is very important, but that in no way negates the fact that single parents are just as capable of raising children whether they are married or not. And it is unfathomable to think that someone in 2012 would insinuate that being a single parent should be considered as a criminal act.   Instead of trying to incarcerate and intimidate single parents, why not take a moment to honor those parents who raising children on their own without the help of a partner?

As a single parent myself I take offense to the idea of this entire bill and think that something has to be done to get people who think like this out of public office.  Take a moment to think about this the next time you have a local or state election in  your area.



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  1. Suzanne Jackson on said:

    I am sure this is somehow fighting the “out of wedlock” births issue (which is not really an issue we can legislate), but how would this affect widows/widowers? Divorced people? Active duty personnel?

  2. I’m not a parent at all and I’m offended by this bull crap, and it takes a lot for me to get offended. What is this guy thinking?? You don’t have to be married to raise a child! Support to those single parents who are busting their butts to proved for their kid(s)!!
    Criminal act? What the parent going to get thrown in jail? How’s that going to help the kid(s)? Get ripped away from their parent and thrown into the adoption process? S-T-U-P-I-D

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