CARMEL, Indiana (LifeSiteNews) –– A fourth baby has been given a chance at a loving home thanks to the installation of a Safe Haven Baby Box at Carmel Fire Station in Indiana.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes are designed for mothers to securely and anonymously deliver babies to a safe place where they will be taken by professionals for care and placement with a willing family. They are equipped with heating, cooling, and a silent alarm to ensure a baby is attended to shortly after placement. Once a baby is placed in a box, it then locks on the outside so passersby cannot take or harm him or her.
While the exact details vary, each state has a safe haven law under which mothers who have decided they are unwilling or unable to raise their babies can leave them at certain locations, such as fire stations, hospitals, or police stations, without fear of legal punishment.
Live Action reports that Carmel Fire Chief David Haboush said the department was “honored to be entrusted” with the child, and “applaud[s] this mother for having the courage and love to surrender her baby into a safe and secure environment.”
Fox 59 adds that more than 100 such boxes have been installed throughout Indiana since 2017. Under Indiana’s safe haven law, mothers can surrender their infants to a designated medical or emergency professional (doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police officers) without submitting any personal information about themselves as long as there are no signs the child has been abused.
“It is such a joy to have a station that is so enthusiastic about our mission and program. They have warmly and lovingly received three babies previously at this location,” said Monica Kelsey, founder of the Safe Haven Baby Box program. “We know this baby was loved immeasurably by the birth mother who placed her baby knowing that the infant would be cared for quickly. While we know this isn’t ideal circumstances, we know that this infant will soon be adopted by a family who has anxiously awaited this opportunity.”
The option of safe havens undercuts some of the most commonly invoked rationalizations for abortion: the difficulty, expense, and career or educational impact of raising a child. They, along with adoption/foster services and crisis pregnancy centers, remain as vital to pro-life efforts as ever now that abortion may be directly prohibited. Fourteen states currently ban all or most abortions, with available data so far indicating those states could effectively wipe out an estimated 200,000 abortions a year.
More information about Safe Haven Baby Boxes, including their exact locations across America, can be found at the organization’s website. More information about safe haven laws, resources, and other types of safe haven locations can be found at the website of the National Safe Haven Alliance.