Why Brazil Says Spanking is a No-no

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While child abuse is already on the books as a crime, Brazil just made spanking illegal. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sent a bill to Congress last week banning domestic corporal punishment (or spanking). The bill says small-scale, quick punishments for misbehavior are seen as "cruel and degrading." Parents caught breaking the law will receive a warning and possibly psychological treatment.

25 countries around the world, including Uruguay and Venezuela, currently have anti-spanking statutes. Opposers of the newly proposed anti-spanking law in Brazil say it is an attempt to "forbid mothers from raising their children."

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