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ACTION ALERT — Maryland Safe Haven Program

by | Mar 6, 2024

Please TAKE ACTION in support of SB873/HB1323 “Courts-Immunity from Liability – Maryland Safe Haven Program”.

State legislatures began enacting Safe Haven or “Baby Moses” laws in 1999 to address a reported increase in infant abandonment and infanticide. Since 1999, 4,718 newborn babies and counting have been saved! These laws serve as an incentive for mothers in crisis to safely relinquish their babies to designated locations where the babies are protected and provided with medical care until a permanent home is found.

Unfortunately, the Maryland Safe Haven Program is underutilized, with no newborns saved in the last few years. As recently as July 2021, babies continue to be abandoned in Maryland illegally and their mothers prosecuted for the neglect or death of their child.

The bill would modernize Maryland’s Safe Haven law and would enable the state to better serve the needs of vulnerable infants and mothers in crisis.

Support SB873/HB1323 “Courts-Immunity from Liability – Maryland Safe Haven Program


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