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Friday, October 10, 2008

Essential Estrogen: Wow... Someone actually did it

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

Not too long ago I wrote a post about Nebraska's Safe Haven law and how the vague language it contained is causing problems. The Nebraska law is written so that any person under the age of 18 can basically be dropped off at a medical facility without any questions being asked. Since writing about the Nebraska law I've more than once turned to my 16-year-old daughter and said in jest, "Don't make me drive to Nebraska." ... But, here's the thing... I was doing it as a joke. The only circumstance where I could ever imagine leaving my children would be one in which I was completely incapable of caring for them myself. In short, I'd love them enough to let them go if I had no other choice, but my soul would be broken beyond repair. ... Then I read this: "Nebraska officials say an Iowa teenager dropped off at an Omaha, Neb., hospital under Nebraska's safe-haven law is back home, in part because the grandparents who dropped her off changed their minds." Suddenly my threat made in jest is no longer funny.

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