When Nebraska's legislature crafted its safe-haven law to protect newborns from abandonment, state lawmakers had the best intentions. But without an age limit set, those best intentions have opened the door to some 30 children being abandoned at Nebraskan hospitals — and those "children" have often been teenagers, never newborns.
"How do you set an artificial age limit on these things? Do we not help a child who's four days old versus helping a child who's three days old?" Robyn Wisch speaking about Nebraska's safe-haven legislation