Politics

Wisconsin Republican Glenn Grothman Introduces Bill to Call Single Parenthood a Child Abuse Factor

| by Michael Allen

In Wisconsin, State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) is the main author behind proposed Senate Bill 507, which forces the Child Abuse and Neglect Board to recognize "nonmarital parenthood" as part of child abuse.

While the bill doesn’t label single parenthood as the cause of child abuse, SB507 is worded in a way that can suggest in contributes to child abuse and neglect in Sections 1 and 2 of SB507:

“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.”

Critics say the bill targets non-married parents without recognizing they can provide the healthy relationships and environment necessary for children.

Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) says the bill will "call out and chastise women who have babies and are unmarried."