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"Safe Haven" laws: good or promoting secrecy and usurping parental rights?

Asked by gimmedat (3943points) July 24th, 2008

Many states have started to enact “Safe Haven” laws that decriminalize the act of child abandonment if the mother leaves an infant (and in some cases a child up to the age of 18) in a place designated as a “Safe Haven.” Some states designate hospitals, others designate police or fire stations. Do these laws promote better decision making on the part of the mother who is not ready to parent? Do they take parental action from parents whose teenage daughter might be facing an unwanted pregnancy?

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