I’m so sick of rule of the wingnuts. In legislatures around the country, low-life teabaggers, bigots, know-nothings, and deeply insecure individuals managed to get elected. Now they are empowered to be full-out womb controllers, to attack the rights of low-wealth residents to vote, to rile up fear of black and brown people…the list goes on and on.
A lot of this is about stopping the clock and trying to wind it back – they are alarmed about a society that has been undergoing changes that rock their foundations. Their reaction? Prey upon voters’ general apathy about elections and the people they choose to govern, and try to pass laws like this one — criminalizing families that are different — as in not the (rapidly disappearing) traditional nuclear family (Christian) structure. Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman is a sick man, but it’s dangerous to just classify him as a whackjob.
A third of Wisconsin parents are single parents, but this law affects even more than that. The way the law refers to “nonmarital parenthood” also makes this applicable to non-married couples, including same-sex couples. S.B. 507 reads:
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.
Look at this sh*t – Grothman’s “How The United States and the State of Wisconsin are Working to Encourage Single-Motherhood and Discouraging Children in 2-Parent Families.” Is this what the voters in Madison believe?