Denial of Responsibility part #234,342: Now it’s okay to abandon kids!?

Written by commonsensejournal on August 23rd, 2008

It’s bad enough mothers can leave their newborns, denying their responsibility as a mother. Now apparently idiotic lawmakers have made it okay to deny your responsibility of raising your children and teens!

OMAHA, Neb. —  Nebraska’s new safe-haven law allowing parents to abandon unwanted children at hospitals with no questions asked is unique in a significant way: It goes beyond babies and potentially permits the abandonment of anyone under 19.

While lawmakers may not have intended it, the month-old law raises the possibility that frustrated parents could drop off misbehaving teens or even severely disabled older children with impunity.

“Whether the kid is disabled or unruly or just being a hormonal teenager, the state is saying: ‘Hey, we have a really easy option for you,”‘ said Adam Pertman, executive director of a New York adoption institute and a frequent critic of safe-haven laws.

Nebraska’s approach is surprising because it is the last state in the nation to adopt a safe-haven law.

But instead of following the lead of other states, which focus on the abandonment of newborns, lawmakers here wanted to extend the protection to all minors. And in Nebraska, that goes all the way up to age 19.

Wow. Now if a child is being abused, by a parent or even a teen, obviously the state should step in and protect the child. But this is just another aspect of the “nanny state,” where people deny their personal responsibility.

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