Monday, August 18, 2008

We're Moving to Nebraska!

I just heard about the new safe haven law passed in Nebraska.

"Nebraska this year became the last state in the nation to pass a so-called “safe haven” law designed to protect unwanted infants by allowing parents to legally surrender them at a hospital.

But the law, which took effect July 18, is unlike any other. It allows parents to give up a minor of any age — possibly an unruly teenager — instead of just infants.

Passed in February by the state's nonpartisan Legislature, the law specifies that no person can be prosecuted for leaving any child in the custody of any on-duty hospital employee. While other states set a much lower age limit for children to be left under safe haven laws — the oldest is a year in North Dakota — Nebraska law defines a “child” as anyone up to 19 years old. "


http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=333827

9 comments:

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

Very interesting. Perhaps I should let the kids know about this....just as a warning, ya know.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Do you have an unruly teenager in mind? LOL!

Bad Momma said...

@dysfunctional mom: I'm right there with ya!

@ cheffie-mom: Pre-teen; close enough!

Jenny said...

SHUT UP! That's funny! That would be GREAT ammo to use on the kids when they are being bad. Could you imagine that threat and the look on their faces! HA!

terri said...

Nebraska, I'm on my way with three kids in tow!

4funboys said...

sad... that it's come to that

Weaselmomma said...

Oh yeah! Save the house next door for me. I always threaten my kids "Do you know how close we live to the orphanage?". And we do, it's about 2 minutes away. They don't know that I can't just drop them off.

B Boys Mom said...

I better hurry up and move there! My oldest turns 19, January 3 and he has been a real pain lately. I'd be very happy to drop him off! After all I have 3 more.

Tara R. said...

Wow... that is amazing. Did the Neb. legislature really think this one through?