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Best child-protection measure is stable family life, says Irish columnist

Catholic World News - November 09, 2012

Irish columnist David Quinn argues that instead of promoting a child-protection amendment to the nation's constitution (with uncertain results for parental rights), the country's Children's Minister would be better advised to promote stable marriages.

After all, Quinn reasons, the best protection children can find is in a home headed by their mother and father. Advocates of the amendment say that most abuse of children occurs in the home. That's true only because so many homes are now occupied by broken families. The statistics for intact families tell a different--radically different--story.

If Frances Fitzgerald cannot back marriage, then she is not as interested in child welfare as she thinks she is -- because promoting marriage would do far more to protect children than any constitutional amendment.

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  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Nov. 09, 2012 11:07 PM ET USA

    David Quinn shows the disconnect of the liberal mind set which refuses to acknowledge empirical evidence showing a direct correlation between the ideology of personal freedom and the breakdown of the traditional family which has resulted in an escalation of child abuse. The liberals eschews giving the traditional family of husband and wife special status in order not to give offense to other family constructs, even though the later have proven to be much more dangerous for children.

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