Wisconsin Assembly attempts to criminalize stupidity, and high five to the United Way

The Assembly has put forward bill number 465.

An Act to create 253.155 and 948.215 of the statutes; relating to: causing harm to a child by cosleeping while intoxicated, providing information about cosleeping while intoxicated, and providing a penalty.

It is soon to be criminal to be “intoxicated” and sleep with your infant in the same bed if that infant dies.

In my mind, the legislature wants to criminalize stupidity, because that’s what laws are for, right?

Cosleeping deaths are epidemic in Milwaukee, but a law on the books to criminalize the deaths will do nothing to stop them. Yes this bill requires someone to print and disseminate information about the evils of co-sleeping while intoxicated. No, the bill does not fund it.

This is the worst of government. Pretend you can do something about an ill you perceive in society and make a law about it, darn it. That’ll fix ’em!

What this doesn’t touch is the social deviation of a group in society who pops out babies and still likes to get stoned. Why aren’t those committed to the inner city working on that one?

This is a good time to pitch the United Way’s program to reduce teen pregnancies. Teen pregnancy rates in Milwaukee are down for the sixth year in a row, and the combined effort of the city and United Way to reach a 46% reduction from 2008 was met three years early. From the press release:

City of Milwaukee Health Department data show that in 2012 there were 25.7 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 17, a decrease from 52.0 in 2006. The 2012 rate bested the 2015 goal of 30 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 17.

Compared to 2006, the 2012 birth rate for 15- to 17-year-olds in Milwaukee has dropped by 50 percent overall, by 47 percent for non-Hispanic Whites, by 55 percent for non-Hispanic Blacks, and by 56 percent for Hispanics.

Those are impressive results.

I believe the numbers were in part achieved by a very aggressive, non-traditional, approach the United Way Women’s Initiative took in procuring advertisement on the subject. Remember this?

For the next round the group is working to slam myths about sex in the young community. Go to the website and take the quiz for teens. You may laugh as an adult, but the idea that Mountain Dew lowers your sperm count is a topic for today’s teens.

The myths site is brave work. And it’s brave work that must be done to support the teens in the inner city. Are you pro-life? Eliminate unwanted pregnancies and you end the need for abortion.

You can start by supporting the United Way in Milwaukee.


  1. Cindy. We agree. In addition, it will be impossible to prove that the parent/caretaker of the child was intoxicated. In OWI driving cases the blood alcohol test must be taken within 3 hours of the event. Who are these people that make our laws?