Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Behave! or we're moving to Nebraska!"

Alex at MR points to a somewhat amusing, somewhat disturbing case of unintended consequences:
Under a newly implemented law, Nebraska is the only state in the nation to allow parents to leave children of any age at hospitals and request they be taken care of [...] So-called “safe haven laws” in other states were designed to protect babies and infants from parental abandonment.
Hmm. What bad could come of this well-meaning policy? < /sarcasm >
Over the last two weeks, moms or dads have dropped off seven teens at hospitals in the Cornhusker state, indicating they didn’t want to care for them any more.

“They were tired of their parenting role,” according to Todd Landry of Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services [...]

Like the road to hell, it seems the road to abandonment is also paved with good intentions. Full story here.

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