Rev. Dr. Diane M. Baldwin
Woodhaven Presbyterian Church
August 24, 2014 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost
“Streams of mercy, never ceasing…”
It’s called the Baby Moses Law. Mothers in crisis can safely relinquish their babies to designated locations where the babies are protected and provided with medical care until a permanent home is found. In 1999 Texas was the first state to enact infant safe haven laws and created a nationwide momentum. Nearly all the states have enacted laws which provide measures for the safe abandonment of newborns and allow the parent or the agent of the parent to remain anonymous and to be shielded from prosecution for abandonment or neglect. Some states allow a newborn to be handed to a doctor or a church. And others mention specific places in the hospital such as an emergency room with a nurse where the newborn may be abandoned. Commonly hospitals, manned firehouses, on-duty police stations, churches, adoption agencies, health-care providers are considered to be safe locations.
But it doesn’t always work.
(…excerpt from podcast)