When you decide to have a child, you have to be ready to be a parent to and to provide for that child for the rest of their life if necessary.

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After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads. First of all, aren't you an adult by the time you are 18?

Second, in the story a Father drops off his NINE Kids - NINE, NINE of them!!! Am I the only one who sees this law as being REALLY wrong?

I agree that it is horrible, it's unimaginable to me that somone could even think about doing something so horrid but the truth is ppl do it and this law protects children who otherwise may have been left somewhere less safe. I've been hearing about this in the news, because I do not live too far away from NE, and it is totally shocking to me!

You will always have those who abuse the law as in this case but I would much rather see a newborn brought to a safe haven than dumped in some trash can somewhere.......reality is pretty harsh. I am with you andrea, I cannot imagine ever detaching from my children in that way.

Parents need to realize that parenting is a full time job and it lasts far beyond the cute toddler years.

It is AT LEAST an 18 year committment, sometimes longer.

Ms Lenihan, of Fort Ostman, Old Country Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause a breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Crumlin Road last October 19.

Don't you think you would learn after 1 or 2, I can see 3 possibly but NINE children!!!!!

And you couldn't figure out that you couldn't handle it?!?!?!?! They have to carry this on their shoulders for the rest of their lives. Aas soon as people drop off their kids it gets splashed all over the news. When the media does things like this it scared people into not doing it so they end up just dumping newborns in the trash The safe haven law is great....honestly would you rather have the father leave the kids in a house to starve to death by themselves or would you rather a mother put her kids in a car and roll it in a river? The parents however maybe mentally ill or just plain heartless.

It just really gets under my skin when I read a new updated story about how another parent dropped off their teenager under the new law. I think its just another case of our societies dregs. Someone else on here said it best with the comment: "Free range child rearing" Let someone else deal with it.