|Bill Introduced to Criminalize Many Parents Who Spank By Christian Newswire MichNews.com Feb 23, 2007|
SACRAMENTO, Calif. /Christian Newswire/ -- The much-publicized California bill that would ban spanking has been introduced. AB 755 by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D-Mountain View) would criminalize all parents, especially mothers, who use a little stick or switch or paddle to correct the rebellious defiance of their children. In addition, the bill would allow a judge to rule that spanking with an open hand to the buttocks was unlawful, because nowhere does the bill state that spanking by hand will continue to be permitted.
â€œAB 755 allows for the arrest and cuffing of responsible mothers who cannot spank effectively without using a little stick or paddle or switch when their youngsters are defiantly disobedient,â€ said Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign of Children and Families (CCF), a California-based pro-family organization. â€œAnd nowhere does the bill specifically protect the right of parents to spank with an open hand, leaving this up to a judgeâ€™s interpretation instead. AB 755 is a home invasion bill that equates healthy, infrequent spanking with child abuse. If thatâ€™s the case, most of our grandparents were child abusers. Spanking is not child abuse.â€
â€œWe are calling upon California voters to rise up and demand that the government keep its big nose out of the family home,â€ said Thomasson. â€œLawmakers should focus on protecting children from sexual predators and real abusers, instead of targeting good, loving parents who implement healthy, occasional spanking as part of their childrenâ€™s upbringing. Some parents spank, and some parents donâ€™t. AB 755 threatens the right of parents who spank with an open hand, and openly criminalizes good parents, mostly mothers, who use a little stick or switch or paddle to correct willful, defiant misbehavior of their own children.â€
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CAMPAIGN FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (CCF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing children and families in California and America. CCF stands for marriage and family, parental rights, the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, financial freedom, and back-to-basics education.