"The Nebraska legislature's new "safe haven" law for unwanted babies, like other states' laws, allows them to be dropped off anonymously at hospitals to discourage abortions (and neglect by unfit parents). However, unlike other states' laws, Nebraska's applies not just to infants, but "minors," because, said Sen. Tom White, "All children deserve our protection." In September, the first two non-infants were abandoned, as exasperated parents gave up on rebellious sons aged 11 and 15, and critics say the law could apply to those up to age 19." [Lincoln Journal Star, 9-15-08]
I know this isn't meant to be funny. I mean not being able to look after your children is terrible.
But giving up your teens? Where do they get dropped off? At the hospital coffee shop? Maybe you just leave them loitering in the magazine section of the gift shop?
But then again, maybe this is useful information to have.
I mean when things get really crazy around here from now on I'm just gonna announce that I'm going to buy my kids a one way bus ticket to Lincoln, Nebraska.
I'm thinking that just having this threat available might give me the upper hand in some of my future 'negotiations' with my kids.
I like having a plan.