Lawmakers in Nebraska gave final approval on Friday to adding a 30-day age limit to the state’s “safe haven” law to protect unwanted newborns from being abandoned in potentially dangerous situations.
The absence of an age limit in the Nebraska law has sparked controversy over parental responsibility, as the majority of abandoned children in the state are teenagers.
As of Friday, 35 children have been abandoned under the law, including six 17-year-olds. Five have been from out of state.
The out of state part, how is that even legal? As poorly thought out as this whole thing has been, that still astonishes me.
And what happens to all these teenagers and other kids who are old enough to understand what happened to them? Do they go back home? That’ll be interesting.
We’ll keep you posted, since I’m sure we’re far from hearing the last of this.