WASHINGTON, May 28, 2002 ( – Canadian Senator Anne C. Cools addressed a Washington audience of 2,000 public policy and community activists yesterday, calling for shared parenting and criticizing family courts and “radical feminist extremism” for destroying fatherhood. In the keynote speech to the International Fatherhood Conference, Sen. Cools stressed the importance of “both parents following divorce” in the lives of children and criticized gender bias in custody decisions.

The audience sat spellbound as the Senator recounted stories like that of Darrin White, ordered by a British Columbia judge to pay more than twice his disability pay in child and spousal support for a divorce for which he gave neither grounds nor consent and who hanged himself from a tree. Sen. Cools told horror stories, not of allegedly evil fathers who abandon their children – the standard staple of some “fatherhood” conferences – but of appalling human rights violations against fathers by family courts.

Dr. Stephen Baskerville, Professor of Political Science Howard University, after hearing the Senator’s talk, described Sen. Cools as, “almost certainly the greatest leader on family issues of any nationally-elected official in the English-speaking world.”  (with files from Dr. Baskerville)


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