Champaign newborn death highlights safe haven law

Champaign newborn death highlights safe haven law

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Since 2001, Illinois’ “safe haven” law has given parents the option to give up their children at birth anonymously at a hospital, fire department or police station. A 20-year-old college student in Illinois apparently wasn’t aware of the law and may pay the price for allegedly taking her newborn son’s life. Dawn Geras, president of the Illinois Save Abandoned Babies Foundation (SABF), a group that works to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns by raising awareness of the safe, legal options available under the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act, was at a loss for words about the incident during a recent press conference at the Illinois Statehouse,“I get angry at myself, at you (the media), and the school because that young girl didn’t know that there was a state legal option,” Geras said. “Why didn’t she find our site when she was searching the internet?” To read the rest of this story head to the Illinois Times website here.

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