Safe Haven Law Waiting for Approval on DeSantis’ Desk

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) will be looking at signing legislation that has passed through the state legislature and would extend the existing “Safe Haven” law in the country. According to this law, people are given the right to surrender unwanted infants, so long as the children are not in any way harmed and are left at the designated drop-off locations in fire stations and hospitals. 

With the new expansion, women would be given up to 30 days to drop off their newborn child, marking a large increase from the current limit of seven days. The bill would also give 911 dispatchers the option to authorize infant drop-offs to the locations designated if the parents of the child are unable to find transportation to reach the area. 

A Safe Haven for Newborns CEO Nick Silverio told Fox 13 that he believed they were just trying to give more time to mothers who in other states had up to 30 days to surrender their infant. He added that there are cases where the mother will be going through medical conditions or postpartum and will need a bit more time to make the decision. This legislation would give her that extra time. 

In St. Petersburg, Florida, an adoption agency argued that this was the perfect timing for an expansion to the existing law, especially as the six-week abortion ban went into effect. As Connie Going, from Going Adoption and Surrogacy, argued, with the new abortion ban it is likely that there will be an increase in the number of infants surrendered.

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