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Safe HavenPosted Friday, October 31, 2008, at 10:41 AM
There will be special session of our Unicameral to "correct" the current safe haven law.
While we all could debate this issue on a myriad of levels, I believe the intent of the law is a good one. It provides the innocent babies with some protection and it provides the girl/woman an opportunity to do the right thing when she knows she can't provide the necessary support to the baby.
Yes - ideally - pregnancy shouldn't happen unless there are two committed parents - I know...but that isn't my point here.
Besides defining the age of a child, the other issue I keep seeing is the age limit of allowing babies to be dropped off to be THREE DAYS after a child is born.
Somebody needs to get real about that one. Basically unless a woman (girl) decides in the 72 hours after delivering a baby that she can't handle the baby, that would be the only time she could safely give her baby up without fear of prosecution for abandonment.
I could see three weeks to three months but seriously not three days. I can't speak from an "expert" point of view. Just one of woman who has given birth and had friends and family go through childbirth and all its complications.. Each experience is different and each circumstance is different.
I know there are some of you out there that can't understand abandoning a baby. I am right there with you. But I am realistic enough to know there are babies and birth mothers that need this protection.
I can only hope our legislators can compassionately give those babies and their birth mothers better than a 72 hour time limit on their futures.
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