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BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky (LifeSiteNews) – Last week saw 2023’s second use of a Safe Haven Baby Box in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and its third use statewide, to give an infant who might otherwise have been aborted guaranteed care and a chance at being placed with a new, loving family.

Live Action reported that less than four minutes after being placed in the box, the child was found by first responders, taken to a local hospital, and determined to be healthy.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes are designed for mothers to securely and anonymously deliver babies to a safe place such as a fire station, 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 for medical attention. 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.

The Kentucky Safe Infants Act allows parents to surrender infants younger than 30 days old to a safe haven, no questions asked. Approved safe havens include hospital emergency rooms, police stations, fire houses, and participating houses of worship. Emergency medical services providers may also take surrendered infants.

Children placed in a Baby Box are generally adopted within the next 30-45 days.

“Kentucky has made anonymous surrender a priority through our program and has seen the benefit of being prepared to serve the vulnerable,” Safe Haven Baby Box founder Monica Kelsey said. “We are thankful for the birth mother who loved her infant and we know that this baby will quickly be adopted by a family who has been eagerly awaiting this call. It is turning a tough situation into a beautiful family. We truly are changing the narrative on safe surrender.”

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 services and the work of 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.

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