WI Senator blames single moms for child abuse and neglect

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    Wisconsin Senator Glenn Grothman (R) has introduced a billthat would cite “nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.” Specifically, the bill would require that the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board (CANPB) emphasize in its prevention programs that single parenthood is a cause of child abuse, and advocate for two-parent households.

    State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, talk to protesters. Summer for marriage tour in July 2010. (Photo/ Wikimedia - Grotham)

    Democratic leaders are crying foul, calling the bill another Republican attack on women, since the large majority of single parents in Wisconsin and the rest of the US are women. Though the CANPB bill doesn’t specify gender, Grothman is the same senator who, in 2011, claimed that “The Left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government,” and that a single mother in Wisconsin “does not have to worry about saving for child’s college education” because the child will qualify for low-income Pell Grants of up to $8,000.

    It appears that Sen. Grothman, among other things, has not researched the cost of a college education lately.

    Read more about it at Shine and Forbes.

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