Arizona Safe Haven Law

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Editor:

The newborn baby recently left on the doorstep of St. Mark's Catholic Church near Van Buren and 30th Street in Phoenix is a reminder that Arizona does have a Safe Haven (for newborns) Law.

This law, passed in 2001, provides for unwanted babies under 72 hours old (three days) to be dropped off at hospitals, fire stations, child welfare agencies, licensed adoption centers, or churches without fear of criminal abandonment charges being brought against the mother.

It also gives the mother three months to change her mind and reclaim her baby.

This is a wonderful law, now in force in 47 states with some minor variations.
It provides a "choice" everyone can live with. Let's make sure that expectant unwed mothers know about it.

Carol Suhr

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