‘Safe haven’ programs for babies fall short

‘Safe haven’ programs for babies fall short

“Safe haven” laws that 42 states have adopted to avoid the deaths of unwanted babies have fallen short of their objectives, according to the nonprofit research Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.

Since enactment of the laws, the New York-based nonprofit said there is no evidence of a decline in the number of babies abandoned illegally.

Enacted in the past three years in response to dead newborns found in trash bins and other places, the laws allow parents to leave unwanted infants at hospitals, fire and police stations without fear of prosecution.

The institute called for a new look at the problem with emphasis on improving mothers’ access to pre- and post-natal care.

Copyright Washington Crime News Service May 2, 2003

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