@TehBewilderness I understand that we don`t have the same numbers as the U.S., so it`s not an urgent issue, but I still think it`s important. I also wonder if there would be more babies placed in safe shelters than `abandoned` babies in the UK, as I think this would provide a safe way for women who otherwise cannot bring themselves to `get rid of` the baby but still want to abandon it anonymously. For example, young girls of arrogant parents who hide their entire pregnancy, but cannot hide the baby after birth. They are basically forced to tell their parents because even adoption takes time and I believe the mother`s parents are a small shelter, but shelter laws would give them the opportunity to secretly abandon the baby. I`m sure there are other examples, I just can`t think about them out of my head. For the purposes of these statistics, can I ask at what age is the age at which a child moves from being classified as a baby to a child? Abortions are not as acceptable in America as they are here, so they need more laws on the problems of unwanted babies. I am very sad that so many women want to hide their pregnancy and abandon a baby on a cold night instead of going through the adoption process. Like you OP, I can`t really think of many examples, maybe sometimes it`s related to conservative religious reasons and abused and frightened women. Nevertheless, I would fall on the side of Yes, it is a good law and I would not mind. As of 8 January 2006, only one case had challenged the constitutionality of a shelter law.

Since the plaintiff could not claim personal injury, he argued that the public should know in advance that the state would not help parents hide from children. Since anonymity immediately thwarts a parent who does not give and can be used arbitrarily by any parent, the law threatens the general public. The General Court dismissed the action, considering that the alleged damage had not reached the level necessary to justify a public action. [12] [13] Thus, the applicant`s allegation that the Safe Haven Act violated the doctrine of separation of powers by circumventing the regulatory power of the Supreme Court remained unanswered. I think increased support without stigma would also be of great help in terms of prevention, I agree, it`s much more important. Im Irland of 17. By the nineteenth century, the English had succeeded in colonizing the entire country and introducing the concept of illegitimacy and shame for single mothers. This has led directly to a large number of abandoned babies. This Safe Harbour idea seems to be rooted in managing consequences rather than addressing root causes. Even if a young girl has deeply religious and heartless parents, she would still be less likely to leave her baby if she knew she could afford to live and raise independently.

The controversy surrounding the passage of Nebraska`s Safe Haven Act[10] is described in Theodore Wheeler`s novel In Our Other Lives. [15] The novel dramatizes the night a single father left nine of his children in the hospital, and follows the emotional impact on a nurse who witnessed the crime. I think anything that promotes the baby`s safety in these situations is good. Ideally, there would also be a way to screen the mother without impact, but I understand why it`s so much more difficult. Shelter laws make a lot of sense – I`d go a long way to include a way for a newborn mother to do a medical exam without taking names. This was reported in the news a few years ago when they introduced “baby boxes” in Germany. www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jun/10/unitednations-europe-news I really don`t think that`s a good idea – women might feel pressured to leave their child. Who will ensure that the woman has not been pressured to abandon her child, or who is a victim of incest or rape? My impression from the news over the years is that women usually abandon babies in public spaces, where they are likely to be found very quickly. I also think there is a funding problem. If we provide shelters, the money will probably be taken from maternity assistance. I can understand why they exist in the United States, but we should make sure that no pregnant woman feels she has no choice but to give up her child and that she has access to good prenatal and postnatal care. Critics also argue that shelter laws undermine temporary transfer laws enacted specifically for parents who don`t know whether to keep or abandon their children.

Proponents counter by arguing that anonymity is the only way to convince some parents not to harm their infants and that the benefits outweigh any alleged disadvantages. Various fathers` rights groups have also criticized how shelter laws can exclude fathers from the child`s life without their knowledge or consent. It`s really interesting OP, thanks for starting this conversation. I agree with you that this type of safe harbour law would also be a good idea in the UK.