Unfortunately, there have been many who have politicized the deadbeat parent issue. Such is the case of the former corrupt LA District Attorney, Gil Garcetti, who often targeted fathers who had proven, through DNA testing, that they weren’t the deadbeats in question. Many of the innocent men lost their families and their reputations without doing anything wrong. This was one of the main issues that cost Mr. Garcetti reelection in 2000.
Many believe there is a double standard when it comes to punishing deadbeat fathers when compared to deadbeat mothers. A study taken just five years ago showed that only 57 percent of mothers were forced to pay child support, a figure significantly less than the 68 percent of dads required to pay up. Fathers seeking child support from mothers has become so politically incorrect that fathers are often persuaded not to take this course of action.
Whether male or female, the damage that absent parents (especially deadbeats) do to their children and society is too much to measure. No matter what happens between two parents, both of them owe their child love and comfort. If they can't provide that, then they could at least provide child support. A parent who stops caring for their child is not only wrong, he/she is also a criminal.