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NOW Urges Congress and Vice President Gore to Beware of Fathers' Rights Agenda

NOW Urges Congress and Vice President Gore to Beware of Fathers' Rights Agenda

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NOW Urges Congress And Vice President Gore to Beware of Fathers'Rights Agenda
 
"The fathers' rights movement is a wolf in sheep's clothing. In the rush of 
 
year-end budget negotiations, some in Congress and the White House are
 
being duped by this deceptively named movement," said NationalOrganization for Women (NOW) President Patricia Ireland."We urge Congress and Vice President Gore not to divert money to this
 
movement by passing a bill that would hurt poor children and make it evenharder for custodial parents to make ends meet."
 
Ireland's comments followed reports that Vice President Gore has said hesupports the so-called Fathers Count Act(H.R. 3073) which is being fast- tracked through Congress. The bill would funnel more than $100 million tofathers' rights organizations for support services to non-custodial fathers --even though Congress has cut already inadequate funds for similar servicesto custodial parents. A provision in the bill would also allow states tocancel child supportarrearages in certain situations; other aspects could undermine state efforts to collect past due support payments."At first glance, the Fathers Count Act appears to have worthy goals,including helping poor men to be better fathers. Upon closer examination,however, it is clear that this bill would undermine support for custodialparents, the majority of whom are women," Ireland said."Congress wants to reduce poverty by giving money to programs that support non-custodial fathers hoping that some of that money will trickle-down to needy kids. Trickle-down economics didn't work for the country,and it won't work for poor families, either.""Additionally, the Fathers Count Act would only fund programs that 'promotemarriage.' Many women end up in poverty because they are forced to flee abusive husbands or partners. Pressuring a poor woman to marry the fatherof her children -- without regard to his character -- could do great harm.

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