I'm really sorry, but I think there's a lot of overreaction to this proposed law (so far only put forward by one state senator).
The column Atreides linked to has this as the relevant sections of the law:
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.
This is not a law about defining
child abuse. This is a section of law directing some state board or agency to disseminate educational information about child abuse and neglect. The proposed change does not say that nonmarital parenthood is the ONLY factor in abuse and neglect. It just says it's "a contributing factor." It certainly is not a law which means that kids of single parents in Wisconsin will be in immediate danger of being put into foster care if it passes.
I don't agree with telling the board to "emphasize" nonmarital parenthood over any other factors that contribute to this. But leaping from this to the idea that even this particular state senator wants kids put into foster care just because their parents weren't married when they were born is left-wing paranoia, IMHO.
I think this is just as much a knee-jerk unreasonable reaction as those who accuse Obama of wanting to be some sort of socialist dictator because he is in favor of national health care and letting the Bush tax cuts expire are having a knee-jerk unreasonable right wing reaction.
If you want to say this proposed law is silly, unnecessary, and prejudicial, I'd agree. But to say that this proposed law is claiming that "single parenthood = abuse" just isn't correct.
Edited by Ormond, 03 March 2012 - 02:58 PM.