Drop boxes for unwanted babies

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN –  Indiana’s Safe Haven law currently  allows parents to legally and confidentially give up their newborns at fire stations, police departments and hospitals.

But now, that law moves a step closer to potentially saving even more young lives.

Indiana passed the safe haven law 15 years ago, allowing an adult to give custody of a newborn to any hospital emergency room, police or fire department.

In that time, 13 babies have been relinquished using the law, while 33 were abandoned.

Fort Wayne firefighter and paramedic Monica Kelsey says that not enough parents know about the Safe Haven law—and that there needs to be one last desperate option for parents.

“There are these girls that don’t want their faces seen and we’re finding babies abandoned in woods, creeks, dumpsters. Those are the babies we’re targeting with these boxes. those are the women that need us.” Kelsey told WRTV.

Kelsey says the baby “drop boxes” would allow a woman to open the door, placing an infant inside, “There’s going to be a weight down here. once the weight is down, a trip to 9-1-1 goes off.”

The baby box in already  in use in other countries, Indiana could become the first in the nation to use them.

The quasi-incubators would be placed where a parent could drop off a newborn at a Safe Haven location.

It passed the house 94 to zero on Tuesday and now goes to the Senate.

If it becomes law, supporters say that 100 of the privately funded boxes will be deployed by July of 2016.

Kelsey says, “We want girls to choose to go to their crisis pregnancy centers, to their family physicians to get help during their pregnancy. We want them to know that this is an option if they find they have no other choice.”

 

5 comments

    • CraftingMama OfTwo

      Right?? How about make these girls responsible..make them get an IUD that offers 5+ years of birth control or get them sterilized..yes, I understand that is not 100%, but damn..I had one child..5 years later with no plans on another I found out I was pregnant..No, I couldn’t rally afford another kid.. but I wouldn’t give him up for anything in the world.. I think theres too many using this as a form of birth control. If your big enough to get knocked up, youre big enough to step up..
      Now, on the other hand, I understand if a girl was raped or something, but I still think if she carries that baby then she should have a plan in place for after the birth..there are thousands of women that cant have a baby and theyd love to take care of that baby..and Im sure 90% of them would do so without asking you anything

  • Grapost

    TOTALLY SEXIST LAW!!
    Where is the box for men to discard the children they don’t want?
    Why should women be allowed to abandon their parental and financial obligations to their children yet not Men?
    Woman doesn’t want to pay to support a kid because she wants to use the money to go to college. She can just dump the kid after birth in a box, put it up for adoption, abort it all against the father’s wishes!
    Man doesn’t want to support a kid because he wants to use the money to go to college. He gets thrown in jail!
    Women can dump a kid in a box, put it up for adoption, and abort it, for any reason.
    Men have NO OPTIONS to do the same. Why are there no options for MEN.
    Where is the EQUALITY in this situation?
    Gender Discrimination in the USA is legal as long as it is against MEN!

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