State Sen. Grothman's bill on single parenting causing uproar

CREATED Mar. 8, 2012

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Sen. Glenn Grothman (R.-West Bend) has been scheduled to join Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" at 7:25 a.m.  Click here to listen live.

MADISON - Republican state Senator Glenn Grothman is taking heat for the wording of a bill he introduced about single mothers.

He relates unwanted pregnancies to child abuse in a bill he introduced, according to the Huffington Post.

His bill wants to force a prevention board to consider single parenting as a contributing factor in child abuse and neglect.  "I think most of those mothers would find they could do a better job if they were married to the father of their children," said state Sen. Glenn Grothman. 

His senate bill would not only consider single parenthood a factor in abuse, it also would "emphasize the role of fathers in the primary prevention of child abuse."

A majority of single parents are women, and his comments have women's rights groups livid.  Women's rights groups like Planned Parenthood call it irresponsible.

"They're really disparaging comments toward women, and disparaging comments toward women's health," said Tanya Atkinson of Planned Parenthood.

Senator Grothman claims the legislation is simply about education, but admits it's not a modern one.

"It is a 1950's view and I'll tell you I think in the 1950's we had a lot less problems than today," said Senator Grothman.

Planned Parenthood and other groups are organizing a rally against what they say is a bigger picture attack on women's health issues in Wisconsin.  That's planned for Tuesday at the Capitol.