Saturday, July 19, 2008


This is worth a second blog.

From today's Omaha World-Herald:

LINCOLN — Nebraska hospitals have no clue who they might find on their doorsteps when the state's unique "safe haven" law goes into effect Friday. It could be fragile newborns left by frightened and desperate young women. Or it could be unruly teenagers dropped off by frustrated parents.

It looks like the folks at the Nebraska Children's Home Society aren't too pleased about it:

Karen Authier, executive director of the Nebraska Children's Home Society adoption agency, (NOTE: a longtime vocal opponent of legal baby dumps) worries that such predictions are too optimistic.

She said her agency and others already have gotten disturbing calls from people talking about using the new law to drop off children who are more than a year old.

If they follow through, she said, their children could be badly traumatized by the experience.

"I hope this bill isn't misused," Authier said. "Because it's written so broadly, it could be misinterpreted as encouraging people to abandon children."

Sen. Pete Pirsch, the bill's sponsor admits that the laws takes a "unique approach," and

"To me, the important thing was to get through a safe haven bill," said Pirsch, adding that he doesn't expect problems because of the broader age range of Nebraska's law. He said parents typically call law enforcement if they have problems with their teens.

So true! But do parents really want the neighbors to see the cops at their door? The safe haven approach is much cleaner. Instead of having Biff tasered on the front porch by four large men in uniform or Buffy frog-marched to a limo by a gaggle of nuns, savvy parents can quietly drop off their unruly spawn to the calm nurturing cocoon of a hospital emergency room. And when the neighbors ask about them,parents can reply with confidence (and confidentiality) that Biff is at band camp or Buffy graduated early and is studying preference utilitarianism at Princeton with Peter Singer for the summer. Nobody will ever have to know!


The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services will take custody of safe haven children and treat those cases the same as other cases of abandonment, said Todd Landry, director of children and family services. That means trying to identify the child's parents and family and, if the parents can be found, assessing whether the child should be reunited with them. When parents cannot be found, the department will work to get the child placed for adoption as quickly as possible, Landry said.

I don't think this is what the safe haven recycling pimps had in mind, How can you expect to drop off Jayden and Harmony without the state's promise of anonymity and safety if those snoopy social workers come looking for you? Expect a spike in dumpster teens!

Hegel must be smiling.

President Grant once said "the best way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it."
With this this is mind I offer an open invitation to all frustrated, tired, angry disgusted parents, wherever you are: take your unpleasant child in hand, hop in your car or on Greyhound (or a plane if TSA will let the delinquent through), and head for America's heartland. Make Nebraska the the child dump capital of America. Corn is so yesterday!

No fault baby dumping = the new adoption

Pete Pirsch is either a subversive or an idiot? You decide.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


You'll all be glad to know that Nebraska's "Baby" Safe Haven law goes into effect today. Note the quotation marks. They're important.

Unlike every other state that puts an age limit on dumping (3 days, 7 days, 1 month) the Nebraska legislature gives desperate killer parents a break. Nebraskans can dump their resident juvenile-of- any-age, as long as it's done in a politically correct manner --at a hospital. Unfortunately turning Biff and Buffy over to the cops will still get Mom and Dad a stay in the GrayBar Hotel.

This isn't new news. I wrote about Nebraska's odd safe haven take previously in Nebraska's New Baby Dump Law: Better than Ritilan. You can read the poorly written law here.

Read the KETV-Omaha report to get the full absurdity and ramifications:

The new law that takes effect Friday says that any individual can leave a minor with a hospital employee without fear of being charged with abandonment."Then it becomes a nurturing, supportive, helpful atmosphere versus criminal neglect or abuse-type atmosphere," Chambers said. (Deb Chambers is , the director of the Family Birth Center.)...

...The new law says anyone under the age of 19 can be dropped at a hospital. Hospital staff said they already have procedures in place to help children and the elderly, so they will keep using those to help any older children.

The child advocacy group Voices of Children, isn't impressed:

We hope the intent of the law, which is to be in the best interest of children, is followed, but we're not sure whether or not this is the best-designed policy to do that," Voices for Children policy coordinator Sarah Ann Lewis said. "We'd rather see mothers use the services already in the community, like adoption or counseling, instead of abandonment."

Actually on closer look, this isn't a "Baby Safe Haven" law at all. It's decriminalization of child abandonment dressed up in fashionable safe haven bombastia. It simply takes away the ability of prosecutors to prosecute abandonment as long as the left behind isn't abused. This, of course, is an option prosecutors have always had and used frequently until the baby dump set twisted prosecutorial discretion into anonymous baby dumping.

It would have been a simple matter for states to decriminalize "abandonment." Of course, it would have been perceived by the public as social decay and being soft on crime. Instead, safe haven advocates, reactionary adoption industry thugs pushing back adoptee rights, natural dads, and ICWA, along with a variety of bleeding heart do-gooders and media hounds, with agendas very different from decriminalization, pimped anonymous baby dumping as a way to "save babies," So far, they've been unable show us one baby actually "saved" from the dumpster. All we see is non-documented kids fast tracked into the adoption mill and potential child killers bribed off the hook.

It's 1:30 AM and I'm writing this on my porch . Down the street my obnoxious teenage neighbor is screaming at her boyfriend. She does this a lot. Sometimes, and I'm not making this up, she jumps up and down on the hood of his car--just in case he misses her point. Once I get this blog up I'm going to walk down there and offer her a free road trip to Omaha. She'll thank me for it some day. I mean, what's the alernative?

July 18, 7:05 PM ADDENDA: Phew! After I posted this entry I started to worry that maybe the hospital wouldn't accept my teenage neighbor into the Nebraska Safe Haven Program. After all, I'm not her mother. Thankfully, KOLN/KGIN (Grand Island) clarified this today:

The statute also states that a person only have "physical custody" of the child they're handing over, not "legal custody," so you don't have to be the child's parent or guardian.