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Infant Safe Haven Laws

From the pro-abortion crowd, I often hear that abortion is the best, or even only, option for women with unwanted pregnancies. Oh, how wrong they are, for there are numerous options besides an abortion. The most obvious alternative to an abortion is to keep and raise the baby, allowing his/her love to fill your life and heart. Another obvious alternative to abortion is to have the baby and give it up for adoption. This allows the mother to get back to her life and the way it was before, while also allowing the baby to live a happy life with a loving family. There is another option, a more last-minute “oh-my-goodness what am I going to do!”..option. That option lies with Infant Safe Haven Laws.

Infant Safe Haven Laws exist in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These laws offer a safe, free, anonymous way for a mother in crisis to put her baby in a better situation. The babies are afforded medical care, food, and anything else they may need until a suitable home for them is found. All that a mother needs to do is identify an approved drop-off location and then leave her baby there. No identification is required in most cases and there are no legal or financial ramifications. However, the parents will be giving up their rights to the child by doing this. This option often flies under the radar and goes unmentioned during discussions about whether or not an abortion is necessary. Even though Infant Safe Haven Laws are in each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the details of the laws can vary depending on location. At the end of this post is a link to a website that provides information on Safe Haven Laws for each state. I recommend that if you are interested in utilizing your state’s Safe Haven Laws, you check the details there.

There are three factors to consider when looking to utilize a state’s Infant Safe Haven Laws. The first factor is drop-off location. Common drop-off locations are fire stations, police stations, hospitals, emergency medical services, healthcare facilities, and in a few states, 911 and churches.

The second factor to be considered is the age of the infant. The window of opportunity to utilize an official drop-off location also differs from state-to-state. Nineteen states allow infants one month or younger to be dropped off, 11 states allow infants 72 hours or younger, and the rest have such varied ages that they would be difficult to list.

The third factor is that of who is allowed to drop the infant off. In most cases either parent may drop-off the infant at an approved location. However, a few states allow only the mother to drop-off the baby. Examples of what some states may accept are: custodial parent, resident custodial parent, agent of the parent, a person with legal custody. Eight states do not specify who may drop-off the infant.

If you or someone you know is considering a late-term abortion, perhaps this is an option. One could even give birth to the baby and see what motherhood is like before deciding they don’t want it. After all, wouldn’t it be better to allow an infant to be raised by a loving family, even if that family doesn’t include the birth mother, rather than to have the baby robbed of everything by an abortion?

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