STATEHOUSE (March 31, 2021) – Legislation expanding Indiana's Safe Haven Law to save more newborns is on its way to the governor's desk, according to State Rep. Craig Snow (R-Warsaw).
Snow co-authored the legislation so parents in crisis can call 911 to anonymously surrender a baby less than 30 days old to emergency medical service providers. The Indiana Department of Child Services would then assume custody of the newborn. Parents could also voluntarily surrender newborns to medical staff after hospital deliveries.
"It takes tremendous strength and love to surrender a newborn," Snow said. "There are many women and parents who find themselves in the unfortunate circumstance of needing to turn to others so that their baby can have the best chance for a healthy and happy life. This bill expands opportunities for those in crisis to safely and anonymously surrender their newborn – all in hopes of saving lives."
Snow said Indiana's Safe Haven Law provides safeguards for parents or caregivers who surrender an infant fewer than 30 days old to any emergency room, fire station, police station or Safe Haven Baby Box without facing prosecution and can remain anonymous.
Supporters of House Enrolled Act 1230 include the National Safe Haven Alliance, Indiana Fire Chiefs Association, Indiana Public Defender Council, Indiana Volunteer Firefighter's Association and Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana.
This legislation is now with the governor for consideration as a new law. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.
State Rep. Craig Snow (R-Warsaw) represents House District 18, which
includes Wabash County and portions of Kosciusko, Grant and Miami counties.
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