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Friday, November 21, 2008

Nebraksa Repeals Law of Unintended Consequences


This is a good example of the importance of legislative drafting skills.

Nebraska just amended its "safe haven" law which allowed people to drop off a child at a hospital with no questions asked. Generally, this is to protect unwanted newborns, but the Nebraska law failed to give an upper limit on age.

On Tuesday, a 15-year-old girl was left at a hospital in Hall County, in the central part of the state. Last week, a 14-year-old boy and his 17-year-old sister were dropped off at an Omaha hospital; the girl ran away from the hospital. Earlier in the week, a father flew in from Miami, Florida, to leave his teenage son at a hospital, officials also said.
"Please don't bring your teenager to Nebraska," Heineman told CNN. "Think of what you are saying. You are saying you no longer support them. You no longer love them."

Uh, well yeah. That's sort of the point.

Of course, Kid various thinks abortion should be retroactive to the age of seven anyway, so none of this is surprising. It just confirms his suspicion that children are monsters and given half the chance, a good percentage of parents would try to "give them back."

Which is why you can't make a law that allows them to do it!


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