The BBC reports, at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7681139.stm that Nebraska has changed its laws – so that you can no longer ‘dump’ unwanted children on the state. The limit has been altered to only 3-days old – but before that it was 18 years – as the BBC site says:
The law allowed parents and guardians to leave children up to the age of 18 at hospitals without an explanation or interference from the law.
I must admit this seems rather extreme – but it did make me think: who ‘owns’ children and is responsible for them? Is it just parents – or all of us?