January 27, 2005

Bill Would Require Religious Leaders Report Child Abuse


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1/26/2005 10:39:50 PM

Religious leaders would have to report suspected child abuse under a bill that was reintroduced Wednesday.

The legislation passed the Senate last year but died in a House committee after fundamentalist religious groups argued that it established a church and state relationship.

"We had some evangelical ministers who felt they had a separation of church and state issue, and some that had told me that they preach from the pulpit that parents should reprimand and punish their children and they didn't want to come back the following week and report them for child abuse," said Sen. Robert Spada, a northern Ohio Republican who proposed the bill.

Posted by kshaw at January 27, 2005 07:14 AM