NOW ACTION ALERT ON "FATHERS' RIGHTS"
WHEREAS organizations advocating "fathers' rights," whose members consist of non-custodial parents, their attorneys and their allies, are a growing force in our country; and
Damn right. We're tired of bending over and taking it…
WHEREAS the objectives of these groups are to increase restrictions and limits on custodial parents' rights and to decrease child support obligations of non-custodial parents by using the abuse of power in order to control in the same fashion as do batterers; and
"Increase restrictions and limits on CP's rights?" (I think of it as decreasing restrictions and limits on NCP's rights). "Decrease child support obligations?" (Yes, decrease them down to fair, reasonable amounts). "Abuse of power in order to control in the same fashion as do batterers…? " (I guess no CP mother has ever taken the kids away to "get back at" the Dad? ). That's OK.....I think that N.O.W. feminists abuse the internet in the same fashion as do pedophiles.
WHEREAS these groups are fulfilling their objectives by forming political alliances with conservative Republican legislators and others and by working for the adoption of legislation such as presumption of joint custody, penalties for "false reporting" of domestic and child abuse and mediation instead of court hearings; and
In simpler language, N.O.W. supports a woman's right to lie, even on a police report. If a woman files a false police report, restraining orders and temporary custody orders get issued, initiating the process of cutting the Dad out of the child's life. Even if the allegations are proven false, the temporary custody sets a precedent and becomes permanent custody. N.O.W. knows this, and does not want to lose this advantage and the huge harvest of child support it brings in.
WHEREAS the success of these groups will be harmful to all women but especially harmful to battered and abused women and children; and
Speculation. But the CURRENT situation is harmful to the men who are oppressed by it, as well as the children who are being robbed of their fathers, and no one seems to mind.
WHEREAS the efforts of well-financed "fathers' rights" groups are expanding from a few states into many more, sharing research and tactics state by state; and
"Well-financed" father's rights groups? We're talking about groups of Dads who have child support orders from 15% to 150% of their pay....
WHEREAS many judges and attorneys are still biased against women and fathers are awarded custody 70% of the time when they seek it per the Association of Child Enforcement Support (ACES);
Completely false and misleading. Most Dads are told up front that they stand no chance of being awarded custody, so they settle the case before a judge rules on it.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Organization for Women (NOW) begin a national alert to inform members about these "fathers' rights" groups and their objectives through articles in the National Now Times (NNT); and
Where can I get a copy? At the newsstand, between "National Enquirer" and "Weekly World News"? Oh, I know...at the library under either "fiction" or "fantasy"....
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, as a part of this alert, NOW establish a clearinghouse for related information by sharing with NOW state and local Chapters the available means to challenge such groups, including the current research on custody and support, sample legislation, expert witnesses, and work done by NOW and other groups in states where "fathers' rights" groups have been active; and
Sorry, there's too many of us.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that NOW encourage state and local Chapters to conduct and coordinate divorce/custody court watch projects to facilitate removal of biased judges; and
Since you're in favor of removing "biased judges", make sure you remove the ones who always seem to give custody to mom.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that NOW report to the 1997 National Conference on the status and result of this national alert whereupon its continuation or expansion will be considered.
Perhaps you should consider putting to a vote a resolution to abolish N.O.W. and stop making fools of yourselves.
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