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Is this Child Abuse or Discipline?
You are walking down the produce aisle of your local supermarket, when you see an eight-year-old girl reach up and grab an orange. Subsequently thirty seven oranges cascade onto the floor, and the girl's mother smacks her. What should you do? Do you advise the mother not to strike her child? If she rejects your advice do you restrain her? Call the police? Or do you instead ignore it as a family squabble and as none of your business?
Now let me change one detail. The girl was not that woman's daughter. Does your answer change? Do parents have the right to abuse their children because they own them? In the past, husbands had the right to marital chastisement. This immunity has been removed in every state and husbands no longer have the right to beat their wives. Why then do we still allow parental chastisement?