• Petitioned Republican Senator Glenn Grothman of West Bend, WI

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Republican Senator Glenn Grothman of West Bend, WI

Withdraw Senate Bill 507 and end the war on women

    1. Andrew Stewart
    2. Petition by

      Andrew Stewart

      Providence, RI

Sen. Grothman recently introduced a bill intended to set in motion a trend which demonizes single mothers. The bill reads:

ection 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.--

While there certainly is an honorable and respectable body of same-sex and single-male parent households, the simple fact is that there are more single mothers raising children in America, and they oftentimes have been abandoned by deadbeat dads. As such, the government enforcing the idea that single women are to blame for child abuse, rather than patriarchal structures, is not just a lie, it is anti-woman. There are millions of men and women who are proud of how they were raised by a single mother, despite all odds, and this is simply spitting in the face of those mothers.

I hereby would formally petition that this bill be tabled and that Sen. Grothman be reprimanded for such blatant sexism.

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      Andrew Stewart
      Petition Organizer

      This is an important goal! Please send this around to friends and family to help end this needless War on Women. Also, consider signing my other Petition regarding the removal of Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves.

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    Reasons for signing

    • daniella dwellingham ALEXANDRIA, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a great single mother not because I want to be but because I had to be.

    • Christina Shardlow SCOTTSDALE, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      This is disgusting. How is our society "encouraging" women to be single mothers. What about a father's responsibility? Close down all forms of birth control and affordable access to them and then say it's a woman's fault if she get's pregnant. Lovely. This bill will be a great way to lessen abortions (sad sarcasm).

    • kelly brunell JOHNSON, VT
      • over 2 years ago

      My Mom raised 6 children, not one of us were abused or neglected by her, the wording in this needs to change, how about, the parents that do not play an active, Positive role in the lives of the children that they have created will be sighted for Neglect and Abuse.....be it the mother or the father.

    • Crystal Red Eagle FORT WORTH, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      As an individual raised by a single mother and a woman living in a time that seems to become more and more anti-woman, seeing a bill like this scares, saddens and disgusts me. Out of all my friends, I had the most stable home life and I have always excelled academically and professionally. Women are damned if they do have kids or damned if they don't during this sad period of time. The audacity of this man and those who support him astounds me but it also fuels my desire work towards creating a world less weighed down with small minded, prejudiced and ignorant people.

    • Sean Long THOMPSON, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      I was raised by a single mother - after she separated from, and then divorced, my father who was becoming more and more emotionally abusive to both her and I.

      She didn't abuse me by being a single mother; she PROTECTED me from abuse.


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