Previously published in Examiner
Part 1 of the Baby Safe Haven series
The United States is far more advanced than Canada on the enactment of baby safe haven laws. Montrealers would love to see baby safe haven laws in place. There are organizations lobbying in Canada for baby safe haven laws so that abandoned children do not need to be killed because their biological mothers do not want them.
We will refer to the laws acted in the State of California, talk about the Garden of Angels Cemetery, and end series with what is currently happening in Montreal.
California safe haven laws
California adopted the Safely Surrendered Baby Law Senate Bill 1368, just like other states had done before it. However, can it or will it prevent all women in California who choose to discard their babies after giving birth without any more thought that throwing away an old shoe? The Safe Havens laws have been adopted by several countries to prevent this cruel and merciless act.
While there may be valid and emotional reasons for women to give up their babies, doing it in a cruel and inhuman way is not one of them. The Safe Haven laws make it easy for a woman to abandon her baby in a hospital or other safe haven, with no questions asked. This way the women will not be penalized for this desperate act and the baby, the most important concern in this equation, will be properly cared for until a suitable placement has been found. For women who are desperate and cannot keep their babies, and for whatever reason did not give the baby up for adoption this is a win-win situation for them. The Safe Haven act may not save all babies; but it can and will continuously save a lot of them.