Massachusetts Proposal Would Outlaw Spanking Tuesday , November 27, 2007 Kids out of line? Spanking might not be an option in Massachusetts if a proposal takes hold in the state legislature. The proposal, submitted by a nurse, would ban corporal punishment, including spanking, in all cases for children under 18 unless it is to save them from danger. Parents would face charges of abuse or neglect, according to The Boston Herald. Click here to read the full report in The Boston Herald.