Now it’s single moms who are targeted

Man, those recalls in Wisconsin can’t come soon enough. More evidence of Republican insanity there:

As if it weren’t hard enough already to be a single mom — or dad — a new bill in Wisconsin is associating single parenthood with child abuse.

Senate Bill 507 is sponsored by State Sen. Glenn Grothman and State Rep. Donald Pridemore, both Republicans. It takes the state-funded Child Abuse Prevention Board to task for not railing against single parenthood. Grothman described to Fox 6 Now what he says is a direct association between abused kids and parents who aren’t married. “A child is 20 times more likely to be sexually abused if they are raised by say, a mother and a boyfriend, than their mother and father,” Grothman said.

According to the language of the bill, its aim is to promote “public awareness of the problems of child abuse and neglect. In promoting those campaigns and materials, the [child abuse prevention] board shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”

I find it impossible to believe that all the voters who chose the Republicans in 2010 expected that their new legislators would take the hard right turn many have. The misogyny and women-blaming that’s showing up in state legislatures must surely be a surprise to all those folks who thought they were voting for people who claimed their priorities were focused on jobs and economic policy.

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