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Safe Haven Time Extended

October 29th, 2008 by flanews

The window of time to legally get rid of an unwanted baby has been widened. Florida’s old Safe Haven Law allowed parents of unwanted newborns to drop their babies off at a staffed fire department or hospital within three days of the child’s birth. Now parents have until the baby is seven days old. Nick Silverio, Founder of ‘A Safe Haven for Newborns’ Foundation said the four day extension will save lives.

“It’s important to give the mothers as much time to make a life affirming decisions, especially for the young girls who say my baby is four or five days old, there for it’s not three and they don’t want to break the law, just to give them more affirming time,” said Silverio.

For more information about the law you can call 1-877-767-BABY (2229). Since 2000, 117 babies have been dropped off at safe havens in Florida.

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