Thursday, March 15, 2012

What is in the Cheese these Wisconsin legistators are eating?

The Violence Against Women Act became law in 1994 to protect women from domestic abuse.  Both parties agreed and signed on.  No more.  When the VAWA came up for reauthorization on Feb. 2 it had to wiggle in under the doorjam with a 10-8 vote split right down party lines.
Republican committee members didn't support the bill.  Seriously.
(Wisconsin officials are now trying to enact legislation equating single-parenting to child abuse.)  Part of the language for that is below:
“In promoting those campaigns and materials, the [Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board] shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”--snip--

Republican State Rep. Don “white” Pridemore, speaking in support of the bill he co-sponsored with State Sen. Glenn Grothman that says single parenting is a contributing factor to child abuse (emphasis added):

The bill’s co-sponsor, Representative Don Pridemore, told TODAY’S TMJ4 he thinks even in abusive relationships, there are other options than divorce. “If they can refind those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help,” said Representative Don Pridemore.
So it's better to stay in an abusive relationship and try to make it work than to get out with all your teeth.

Hmmm. As someone who has worked with women fleeing abusive relationships at a homeless shelter--I'm shaking my head here. Where have some of these legislators been for the last fifty years?

I know! Once they figure out how expensive it will be when the State has to pay medical bills for these women beaten up by their spouses maybe they'll change their mind.

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