Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman is once again attacking women and single mothers. At a time when Republicans are trying to win back voters by denying that they are waging a war against women, Grothman appeared on the Alan Colmes Show and said a number of things that women should find totally offensive. First, Grothman claimed that single mothers want their children to be fatherless. Second, he said that women are “trained” to tell doctors that their planned pregnancies are actually unintended so that they can get an abortion. And finally, Grothman told Colmes that women need to be “educated” to not become single mothers.
GROTHMAN: There’s been a huge change over the last 30 years and a lot of that change has been the choice of the women. There’s a reason why in the 50s and the 60s you had less than ten percent of the births illegitimate, and now we’re over 40 percent. It’s not that there weren’t abusive men in the 40s or there was a problem with child support. It is the popular culture, led by the social service professions, who are saying…
COLMES: Well tell me what you would change.
GROTHMAN: I think the first thing we do is that we should educate women that this is a mistake.
COLMES: You think women need to be educated, are they not smart enough on their own?
GROTHMAN: They do have to be educated, because right now the culture encourages a single motherhood lifestyle.
COLMES: You think women choose to be single moms…
GROTHMAN: Oh absolutely.
COLMES: You think women want to have homes without fathers? You think women look to the opportunity to have to raise kids and not be able to get work because they have to stay home and take care of the kids. Women want to do this?
GROTHMAN: I think a lot of women are adopting the single motherhood lifestyle because the government creates a situation in which it is almost preferred.
COLMES: According to data published in USA Today, at least four in ten pregnancies in every state are unwanted or mistimed. According to the analysis that was released last May, more than half of pregnancies in 29 states and the District of Columbia were unintended, 38 to 50 percent were unintended in the remaining states. This mitigates against the argument that women are purposefully wanting to have kids. Their unintended for the most part. They’re unintended pregnancies, which is the argument for health care services and birth control for women.
GROTHMAN: I think you undersell these women.
COLMES: Undersell them?
GROTHMAN: Undersell them. I think when you have an epidemic of this great proportion, people are not so dumb that it’s surprising when they get pregnant. I think people are trained to say that ‘this is a surprise to me,’ because there’s still enough of a stigma that they’re supposed to say this.
Here’s the video via Right Wing Watch:
Grothman, like many Republicans, thinks that women should be educated to always stay with the father of their children no matter what. Even if he cheats or is violent. He also thinks women lie about unintended pregnancies so they can get abortions. And if that weren’t enough, he actually thinks all single mothers want their kids to be fatherless. The nerve of this sexist ___ is outrageously offensive. He doesn’t think women are smart enough to make their own decisions, he thinks women ought to be subservient to men, and he thinks women are the ones at fault for being single parents. It doesn’t matter if the father left or died or went to prison, or doesn’t want the responsibility of raising a child, Grothman thinks women are to blame for the single parent household. Just like he thinks that single parenting is akin to child abuse. Even when confronted with the facts, Grothman refuses to back down. These statements are precisely why Republicans are being accused of waging a war against women.