State Interference: Brazilian President Seeks to Outlaw Spanking

July 19, 2010




Family under government attack  

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Brazilian President Seeks to Outlaw Spanking

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent

BRASILIA, July 16, 2010 ( – Brazil’s socialist President Luiz Lula da Silva is proposing changes to the nation’s Children and Adolescents Statute that will prohibit parents from spanking their children or applying any other form of corporal punishment.

In accordance with the proposed law, parents caught spanking or pinching their children, after a warning, could be required to receive psychological treatment. The case could also be turned over to child protective services, according to the AP.

“The proposed definition is applicable not only in the domestic sphere, but also for the other caretakers of children and adolescents – in schools, shelters, prisons.  The bill is seeking a cultural change,” said Carmen Oliveira, National Subsecretary for the Promotion of the Rights of Children and Adolescents.

“If punishment and whipping resolve the problem, the people wouldn’t have corruption in the country.  There wouldn’t be so much crime in the country,” Lula claimed in his comments on the bill.

However, Antonio Carlos Gomes da Costa, who was one of the authors of the original Children and Adolescents Statute, disagrees.

“I would say that spanking, if it is applied with judgment and moderation, is not a violation of human rights,” he said in a recent interview. “For example, a child insists in putting her finger into the light socket, and her father tells her it is dangerous, that she can’t, and she nonetheless insists, to give her a little spank or a strong verbal scolding, which I find to be preferable, is not ‘destructive.’ Punishment is necessary.”

In order to act against parents who use corporal punishment on their children, the government will need at least one third party witness, such as another family member, or a fellow worker in a daycare center.

Lula’s anti-spanking initiative is only one in along line of anti-family policies, which include attempts to further depenalize abortion, to censor TV to prohibit condemnation of sodomy, and to push the homosexual agenda within international institutions.

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2 Responses to “State Interference: Brazilian President Seeks to Outlaw Spanking”

  1. The latest Gallup poll (1997) that surveyed Americans’ attitudes about corporal punishment showed that 65% of Americans favored spanking children, a slightly lower percentage than the 74% who approved of spanking about fifty years ago in 1946. The 1997 poll also showed that, among parents, 66% favored spanking. An October 2002 ABC News poll found almost the same proportion (65%) of American parents in favor of spanking. Half of the respondents (50%) who had minor children at home indicated they sometimes spanked their children. Respondents in the southern states were more likely to favor corporal punishment, compared with the rest of the country (73% versus 60%). More parents in the South (62%) reported spanking their children, compared to parents in the rest of the states (41%). On the subject of physical punishment administered by teachers, just a quarter (26%) of parents with children thought spanking should be allowed in school. Among parents in the South, about one-third (35%) felt spanking should be allowed in schools.

  2. As part of the project “Prevention of Violence from the Family and Adolescence”, implemented by the Paniamor Foundation with the support of Save the Children Sweden, the “National Survey of Children and Adolescents on Physical Punishment” was carried out between September and October 2003 in order to learn what children and adolescents in Costa Rica think about the use of physical punishment in bringing up and educating children. A total of 1,034 children and adolescents (48.9% boys, 51.1% girls) aged 9-16, of Costa Rican and Nicaraguan nationalities and from a range of social economic backgrounds were surveyed in 13 cantons in the country’s seven provinces. They were asked about different aspects of physical punishment, in particular their opinion regarding its necessity and legitimacy.

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