Wednesday, 27 June 2012
I was recently made aware (through the Home School Legal Defense Association) of a bill that has already unanimously passed the Delaware Senate (on June 19th of this year) that may lead to dangerous new ground for parents.
Senate Bill 234 redefines the legal term "physical injury" as it applies to child abuse to also include the word "pain." This redefinition would make spanking a child in Delaware a crime punishable by imprisonment.
*Causing "pain" to a child under the age of 18 would be a class A misdemeanor - punishable by up to one year in prison.
*Causing "pain" to a child 3 or younger would be a class G felony - punishable by up to two years in prison.
The bill now must pass the Delaware General Assembly in order for it to become law. If it were to pass, Delaware would be the first state to outright ban punishment such as spanking.
It is important to know the laws regulating parenting not only in your state but also in every state. Because the law in one ultimately creates legal precedent that may effect all.
How do you feel about this proposed law, which already unanimously passed the Delaware Senate? Do you feel it oversteps your right to parent your children?
*UPDATE - On September 12, 2012, Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 234. It is now legally the state's new law.