The following is excerpted from “Senate Bill Outlaws Spanking,” Home School Legal Defense Association, June 26, 2012: “A bill that would make it a crime for a parent to spank a child is moving quickly through the Delaware General Assembly. Senate Bill 234, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Patricia M. Blevins (District 7), creates a definition of the term ‘physical injury’ in the child abuse and neglect laws to include ‘pain.’ Currently the law permits a parent to use force to punish a child for misconduct, but it prohibits any act that is likely to cause or does cause physical injury. By redefining ‘physical injury’ to include the infliction of pain on a child, spanking would become a crime in Delaware punishable by imprisonment. Under the proposed law, a parent causing ‘physical injury’ (e.g., pain) to a child under age 18 would be guilty of a class A misdemeanor and subject to one year in prison. A parent causing pain to a child who was three years of age or younger would be guilty of a class G felony and subject to two years in prison. This bill passed the Senate unanimously on June 19, 2012, by a vote of 21–0. If this bill passes, Delaware would become the first state in the nation to outlaw corporal discipline of children by their parents.” Delaware First Media says bill has been spearheaded by Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden (“Bill Aims to Strengthen Child Abuse Laws,” DFMNews, June 13, 2012).
(Friday Church News Notes, July 6, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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