I do not think that this is what the legislators had in mind when they set this law up. It looks like its backfiring big time on them. A father dumped nine children at a hospital today. Its pretty sick if you ask me. Seriously what is the point of this law when it was to protect the mothers and fathers from disclosing information about themselves? These children are all old enough to know their names and their location. That is right. If it saves just one. Wrong.
Here is the link and the story.
A father of nine children dropped them off at a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday night, under a state's new law.
The Safe Haven Law allows parents to abandon their children at state-licensed hospitals without the possibility of being prosecuted.
The father of the nine babies wasn’t identified yet. The only thing that is known for sure is that the children were aged 1 to 17. They have been abandoned in the emergency room of the Creighton University Medical Center.
The state’s law went into effect about two months ago. Beginning the month of July, at least four kids, ages 11 - 15, have been legally left at hospitals.
The regulation was aimed at offering protection to infants but its stipulations say it may be applied also to children and teenagers. So in Nebraska, someone up to the age of 19, still considered a minor, could be currently abandoned without his parents facing any legal charges.
According to Kathie Osterman, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, the youngsters don’t know the reason why their father dumped them at the hospital.
"All children deserve our protection," said Tom White, a Democrat State Senator who helped expand this measure. "If we save one child from being abused, it's well, well worth it."
An estimated 90,000 infants are physically abused every year in Nebraska, a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed. The life of one of every 43 infants’ is threatened, especially in the first weeks following its birth.