London (CNSNews.com) - Scottish officials dropped a proposal to ban spanking of children under 3 years old on Friday after legislators said they didn't want to see an increase in the prosecution of parents for "moderate physical punishment."
Tougher laws against corporal punishment of children by parents were first proposed by Scottish Justice Minister Jim Wallace last year, but a legislative committee objected to several of the measures.
"There are a number of provisions of value in this bill," said justice committee chairwoman Pauline McNeill. "However, we have highlighted some parts of the bill which would require a good deal of amendment ... and some proposals which we may wish to see removed from the bill altogether."
The committee's report noted that if the smacking of children under age 3 were to be banned, prosecutions of parents would inevitably increase, causing problems for...