Rep. Susan Winchester, R-Chickasha, knew exactly what I was calling about when I mentioned Nebraska’s new safe haven law. Oklahoma’s safe haven law, which she co-authored with then Sen. Bernest Cain, D-Oklahoma City, took effect in 2001. It allows a parent to leave a child up to 7 days old with a medical services provider or child rescuer without fear of prosecution. Nebraska’s law, however, is for "any child.” The law took effect in July, and at least 16 children were abandoned by late September. One father left nine children at a medical center. Was there any discussion about including older children in the Oklahoma law? "The idea of extending it beyond a year was tossed around, but never seriously discussed,” Winchester said. "I think what has happened is what you would anticipate by making it broad.” The focus of the Oklahoma law was to provide parents with alternatives that would protect a baby, Winchester said. Tragically, in 2001 a newborn was found zipped in a book bag and abandoned in an Oklahoma City garbage bin. Winchester said a mother delivered a baby in a public rest room in Tulsa about that same time, and the baby died. The safe haven legislation was passed into law that year. A 2006 story in The Oklahoman told of a baby boy, about an hour old, left in a waiting room chair at an Oklahoma City medical center. He was released into the care of the state Department of Human Services. So how many times has the law been used? "We don’t know,” Winchester said, "because we don’t track it, nor do we want a tracking mechanism. "You want to keep a baby from being killed is the bottom line.” Nebraska Sen. Arnie Stuthman, who introduced the original bill, said in an Associated Press story, "People are leaving them off just because they can’t control them.” He said he introduced the bill with the intention of protecting infants. But a compromise made with Nebraska state senators worried about arbitrary age limits expanded it. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, who signed the law, said changes are needed. But that state’s Legislature doesn’t meet until January.