I'm not trying to start a thread war, but IMHO this is why Pronatalist is wrong and in addition some children need spankings. Nebraska parents use law to abandon teens By Timberly Ross Associated Press Friday, September 26, 2008 Omaha, Neb. - Nine siblings are among 11 children as old as 17 who were left at Omaha hospitals Wednesday under Nebraskas unique and new safe- haven law, which allows caregivers to abandon babies and teenagers alike at hospitals without fear of prosecution. The law, originally intended to protect infants, was expanded in a legislative compromise to protect any child. Some have interpreted that to mean anyone under 19. Gov. Dave Heineman, who signed the law, and some other former supporters are among those now saying changes are needed. People are leaving them off just because they cant control them, state Sen. Arnie Stuthman, who introduced the original bill, said Thursday. Theyre probably in no real danger, so its an easy way out for the caretaker. The nine siblings - five boys and four girls ages 1 to 17 - were left by their father, who was not identified, at Creighton University Medical Centers emergency room, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Unrelated boys ages 11 and 15 also were surrendered Wednesday at Immanuel Medical Center. At least 16 children have been abandoned since the law took effect in July, the state agency said. Todd Landry, director of the state division of Children and Family Services, said that in nearly every case, the parents who left their children felt overwhelmed and had decided they didnt want to be parents anymore. None of the kids dropped off so far has been in danger, he said. It was the parents not wanting to continue the journey with their kids, Landry said Thursday at a news conference in Lincoln. The department was still investigating Wednesdays drop-offs. It wasnt clear why their father gave them up, Landry said. Five of the nine siblings were placed in a foster home and the rest were taken to an emergency shelter, he said. The department was working on a new arrangement that would keep the kids together. In the other cases on Wednesday, one child was temporarily placed in foster care and the other was in the hospital for evaluation. Youngsters abandoned under the safe-haven law are generally placed in protective custody while the courts decide where the child should live. Parental rights dont end automatically, but parents who change their minds about abandonment may find it difficult to regain custody. A county attorney may determine that a child should be allowed to return home, Landry said. Nebraska was the last state in the nation to adopt a safe-haven law. Under previous law, a parent who abandoned a baby could have been charged with child neglect or abandonment, both misdemeanors, or child abuse, a felony.