Nebraska reevaluates safe-haven law that legalized child abandonment

Friday, November 14, 2008

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

Guests:

Robyn Wisch

Contributors:

Melissa Locker

Comments [1]

Brian Floca

Some sympathy is due to the troubled parents here, but I was surprised by the story's focus on the wider social safety net. I don’t think these cases are representative enough for us to draw policy conclusions from them. What these few troubled people have done I think says more about them as people and their individual situations — a widower with nine kids! — than anything else. By the logic of this segment you might say that insider trading is an example of executives being underpaid.

Nov. 14 2008 10:07 AM

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