The NE 'safe haven' law & unintended consequences

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  1. mangxema

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    Interesting story from Nebraska. From CNN:

     
  2. Tycoon101

    Tycoon101 Loves being STRONG

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    As horrible as that is, it is entirely humorous.
     
  3. Sims2789

    Sims2789 Fool me once...

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    This loophole is unbelievably stupid. Did a poison pill fail to kill the the original bill or something?
     
  4. Bill3000

    Bill3000 OOOH NOOOOOOO! Supporter

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    My dad always said to me that if I was bad enough that he'll sell me to a circus where all I would be fed is bread crumbs.

    I didn't know that there were people who actually did that. :(
     
  5. Ayatollah So

    Ayatollah So the spoof'll set you free

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    Um, just to clarify...

    Is anyone suggesting that if these parents couldn't dump their kids on the state of Nebraska, the kids would be better off continuing under that kind of parent(ing)?? :confused:
     
  6. cubsfan6506

    cubsfan6506 Got u

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    What the hell hapens these kids.
     
  7. Shadylookin

    Shadylookin master debater

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    agreed. If parents are abandoning their children shouldn't we take them and put them into foster homes instead of trying to force their parents(who've basically admitting that they've failed as parents) to keep them against everyone's best interest?
     
  8. mangxema

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    I cannot personally vouch for the state of Nebraska's childcare, but generally speaking, foster homes suck. It is entirely possible for it to be a wash.

    The interesting thing, i thought, was that this law exposed the fact that there are plenty of unwanted children.
     
  9. Shadylookin

    Shadylookin master debater

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    well only if17 unwanted children 9 of which came from one parent counts as plenty.
     
  10. .Shane.

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    Um... call an emergency legislature session and change it. WTF is so hard about that?
     
  11. mangxema

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    Perhaps plenty wasn't the right word... it's still bad though.
     
  12. Bill3000

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    Really, I would have thought abortions would be proof enough.
     
  13. woody60707

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    it's only 17 kids. That a really small number. I don't see what the big is.

    As a side note, who as the right to abandoned the kids? Do both parents need to, or is one good enough?
     
  14. Bestbank Tiger

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    My biggest question is how do you know the person dropping the baby off is really the parent?
     
  15. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Isn't the spirit of the law more important than a loophole created by an unintended ambiguity of the letter of the law?

    I'm no lawyer, but "ha! got you on a technicality!" doesn't seem that professional and acceptable to me.
     
  16. Enkidu Warrior

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    The idea that we should rush to forcefully reunite these kids with the shockingly bad human beings that used to pass as their parents strikes me as preposterous.
     
  17. negZero

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    Because that would make sense and if you hadn't learned yet the world isn't meant to make sense.
     
  18. mangxema

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    That is slightly different. That's more a future child. At the time of an abortion, you could not have the parenthood factor hit you yet, depending on when it's done. That's not the case for a teenager.
     
  19. h4ppy

    h4ppy You sir, pineapple?

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    I mean you could drive all the way to Nebraska or you could just drop the kid off at *insert anime fan's name here*'s house.
     
  20. GinandTonic

    GinandTonic Saphire w/ Schweps + Lime

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    Could parents not already surrender their children to social services if they were unable to care for them? WTF kind of barbaric law requires children to remain with parents who cannot cope?

    Sure do everything possible to help the parent cope, give them therapy and respite care and whatnot, but legally forcing a non-functioning family to stay togeather is vicious and futile.
     

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