US state curtails child dumping – an odd law?

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?

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