Safe haven law… for teens?

Filed in Gather Politics News Channel by on August 18, 2008 0 Comments

From NPR: In Nebraska, Parents Can Leave Their Teens:

Last month, the state of Nebraska enacted a safe haven law. Typically these laws apply to newborn infants; parents can leave their babies at a designated safe place without fear of prosecution for child abandonment. But the Nebraska law actually applies to any child up to 19. Alex Cohen speaks with Sen. Pete Pirsch (R-Omaha) about the new law.

According to the report, Nebraska is the last state to enact a safe haven law. It just seems theirs allows people to drop off their children up to the age of 19. Considering most states have an age limit of a year or under, this is unusual.

For open discussion or debate: Is the age limit too high? Why? Should other states observe Nebraska’s experiences over the next few years?

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