Target: Sue Ellspermann, Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
Goal: Approve baby drop boxes as a method of saving abandoned newborns.
A newborn nearly died after her mother abandoned her on a bike path. Porche Laronda Washington was reportedly afraid that her family would find out about her pregnancy. Washington chose not to utilize the Safe Haven Law due to fear and embarrassment. Now, Indiana lawmakers are considering a proposal that would place baby drop boxes throughout the state. This would give women a safe place to surrender their baby while maintaining complete anonymity. Urge the Indiana State Senate to pass this bill. If the boxes can save one baby, then they are worth it.
The Safe Haven Law has played a large part in preventing infant mortality. It is estimated that it has saved approximately 3,000 newborns since its enactment. Still, the rate of illegal abandonment is high. Approximately 1,400 babies have been found illegally discarded since 1999. Lack of anonymity may play a large part in these numbers. The Safe Haven Law requires women to have face-to-face interaction with an authority figure and encourages the exchange of a detailed medical history. Many women, like Washington, are not comfortable with this and turn to a more dangerous option.
Baby drop boxes have been used throughout Europe and Asia since medieval times. They serve as a supplement to the already successful Safe Haven Law and are intended to be a last resort. Drop boxes would give women a safe place to leave their baby without ridicule or question. Sign below to urge the Indiana State Senate to pass this bill and give women a safer alternative.
Dear Lieutenant Governor Ellspermann,
Approximately 1,400 newborns have been illegally discarded since 1999. Many of them died before being recovered. We urge you to consider the placement of baby drop boxes as a safe and anonymous option for child surrender.
The Safe Haven Law has saved approximately 3,000 babies since its enactment in 1999. However, the law requires that women meet face-to-face with an authority figure and encourages the exchange of a detailed medical history. While this is ideal, some women are not comfortable with these conditions and seek out other options. These options often include placing the baby in an unsafe situation.
We urge you to allow the placement of baby drop boxes in Indiana. This will give women a safe and non-threatening alternative. If these boxes can save the life of one baby, then they are worth it.
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