Friday, November 14, 2008

Kids in Nebraska

Have you seen the news story about people dropping off their kids in Nebraska? Apparently, if you have decided that you don't want your child or are unable to care for the child you have, you can just go drop it off and the state will take care of it for you. No fouls, no penalties, no problems for you.

Originally, this law was created to prevent Moms from putting their newborns in dumpsters or alleyways when they can't raise them. We have all seen horror stories like that on Law and Order, CSI, and even in our local paper. However, no age limit was ever set to limit when and how the kids can be dropped off and people are driving from all over the country to dump their kids off on in Nebraska. Now the lawmakers are trying to change this law to add an age limit on the children that can be abandoned.

My question is.....what are these parents thinking???? Can someone truly be in their right mind and just casually take your kid for a leisurely drive and then dump them off at the hospital and squeal away from the curb? What is this doing to the kids? And what about the kids who hear this on the news (nationwide or worldwide)....what are they thinking? Are they wondering if their parents will drop them off someday and never return? What is this telling them about their worth?

I believe that the sanctity of life disappeared in 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled in Roe vs. Wade that a woman can abort her unborn child. What does it say about our society now when abortions can be performed up until the 9th month of pregnancy? Call it "partial birth abortion" if you want, it is murder plain and simple! If you are not familiar with the practice of partial birth abortion, I urge you to read up and make your voice heard! Warning: the details are scary, horrific and disturbing to the point of terrifying. However, it is a real part of our world and we must be knowledgeable about these things before we can change them.

I know that life begins at conception. God says in Psalm 139:13 "Before I knit you together in your mother's womb, I knew you". The Bible also said in Psalm 22:10 "From my mother's womb you have been my God". And what about in Jeremiah 29:11 when God tells us that He has plans for us????? If God recognizes us as human beings with thoughts, feelings, abilities, a future and a spirit before we are born, then why can't society?

It is time for us to stand up and say that life matters. It is time for people to realize that life begins at conception, not at birth. I mean really, how many people do you know that have come to you and proudly announced that they are carrying at fetus and they will let you know when they are 12 weeks along and you can now join them in referring to "it" as a baby? So come on America, wake up and smell the coffee. We have allowed our government to tell us that life is a disposable commodity and that we have a choice in whether or not a BABY should have the right to be born. Is there no value in life anymore?

For those of us who battle with infertility this is a very touchy subject. An interesting sidenote, as of the last news story, none of the children abandoned in Nebraska since this story broke have been infants.

I know that there are cases where parents truly cannot care for their children, but surely there is a better alternative than tossing them out on the hospital steps. I know of several people who would be delighted to have the awesome opportunity to raise one of these discarded children and show them that they are one of God's most beautiful creation because that is what they truly are.


The Hot One said...

I agree!!!! This is about as insane as it can get. Can anyone explain what would make a parent even entertain the fact of getting rid of a child for any reason??? What kind of people are doing this? How frightened these children must be. Can you imagine what is going through their minds sitting on the steps waiting for the return of the mother or father who dropped them off. (What did I do? Why are they not coming back? What will I do now?) Just think of the problems these child will be faced with in life.

I think that the parents should be found and prosecuted to the max.

Anonymous said...

Dude, I know this is some craziness! I saw it in a mag a few days ago, the one about the dad who dropped off like nine kids or something. WHoa Nelly.

Debbie said...

I agree there ought to be a safe haven for people who are just overwhelmed, but this is ridiculous. The majority of these children being dropped off are pre-teens or teeagers. What happened to parents being responsible for their children. If they can't handle their children, whose fault if that! No infants, which is what this program was designed for, have been dropped off. I think the parents need to be punished for dropping these children off. This is a crime and God didn't give them children to leave on someone else's doorsteps. When you suffer thru infertility it is even more heart breaking to hear the stories of these children who are not wanted. I hope Nebraska does something quickly to correct this ruling. What is our country coming to???????

Heather said...

Oh my gosh! I didn't see this post when I was here this morning. I had no idea that this was going on - it just makes me feel ill. I feel so terrible for the children, can you imagine how this must make them feel?

I agree, the parents who are doing this should be punished!

Heather said...

Also, how do people who do things like this even live with themselves? How can they sleep at night?

Trina said...

I coud not believe parents were doing that. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE? God gave us life so that we might give life. What kind of life could these kids possibly have with parents who would just through them away. Maybe the kids will be lucky enough to get placed into a family that really cares.