Massachusetts Proposal Would Outlaw Spanking

Kids out of line? Spanking might not be an option in Massachusetts if a proposal takes hold in the state legislature.

The proposal, submitted by a nurse, would ban corporal punishment, including spanking, in all cases for children under 18 unless it is to save them from danger. Parents would face charges of abuse or neglect, according to The Boston Herald.

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A hearing and debate is scheduled in the State House on the measure Wednesday, the paper reports.

Democratic state Rep. Jay Kaufman introduced the measure on behalf of the nurse, but isn't taking a position on it.

“He does recognize and understand the concern many would have on legislating parental rights,” said Sean Fitzgerald, Kaufman’s chief of staff, the Herald reports. "But the problem is the boundary is often overstepped. The right to hit should never be the right to hurt.”