This spring, a little girl in Ohio should have celebrated her first birthday. There was no party, though. Why not? Well, she wasn’t put in a hospital nursery after she was born.
She was put in a plastic bag.
Emile Weaver received a life sentence last month for the murder of her newborn. Weaver gave birth in a sorority house at Muskingum University, and then placed her daughter in a garbage bag.
The story isn’t unique, as babies regularly turn up in trash bags, and dumpsters.
Many don’t survive.
It is a little surreal, though: while Weaver is going to prison for killing her newborn in Ohio, New Mexico’s Southwestern Women’s Options will perform late-term abortions for women who didn’t realize how far along they were. And under state law, abortion is legal right up until birth.
But there’s another adjective for this tragedy: preventable.
Across the country, Baby Safe Haven Laws offer safe places where an infant can be brought–with no questions asked.
Some states require that a baby be taken to a hospital, but most also designate police and fire stations as safe havens, too.
The group Baby Safe Haven has created an interactive map that provides a summary of the specific rules in each jurisdiction — http://safehaven.tv/states/
Information is available toll-free at 1-888-510-BABY (2229), and http://safehaven.tv/
Baby Safe Haven laws and location
Find your local Baby Safe Haven
Every baby deserves a pair of loving arms, and given the number of couples hoping to adopt, a lot of arms are waiting.
Help by raising awareness of Baby Safe Haven Laws through social media, churches, civic groups or other places you have a voice.
[Jul 4, 2016, Adam Peters, http://liveactionnews.org/safe-have-laws-because-babies-deserve-love-not-a-dumpster/ ]