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Media Type: Article - Recent
Date of Publication: September 19
Year of Publication: 2012
Publication City: Washington, DC
Publisher: The Atlantic
Author(s): Jessica Valenti
Why the ingrained expectation that women should desire to become parents is unhealthy.
In 2008, Nebraska decriminalized child abandonment. The move was part of a “safe haven” law designed to address increased rates of infanticide in the state. Like other safe-haven laws, parents in Nebraska who felt unprepared to care for their babies could drop them off in a designated location without fear of arrest and prosecution. But legislators made a major logistical error: They failed to implement an age limitation for dropped-off children.
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