Florida Awaits Governor’s Approval on Expanded ‘Safe Haven’ Law

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Written By Blue & Gold NLR Team





Florida legislators have passed a bill to enhance the state’s “Safe Haven” policy, awaiting Governor Ron DeSantis’ signature for final approval. The current law allows for the safe surrender of unwanted infants at designated drop-off locations like hospitals and fire stations.

Under the proposed expansion, women would have 30 days instead of the current seven to safely relinquish newborns. Additionally, 911 dispatchers would be empowered to arrange drop-off locations for parents lacking transportation.

Advocates, including A Safe Haven for Newborns CEO Nick Silverio, see this extension as crucial support for mothers facing postpartum challenges or medical conditions. The timing coincides with Florida’s recently enacted six-week abortion ban, prompting discussions on potential increases in adoptions and parenting.

The legislation responds to recent tragic incidents, such as the discovery of a deceased newborn in a garbage can at the University of Tampa. These events underscore the need for expanded support services for vulnerable mothers and families across the state.

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