URGENT ALERT Tell your State Senator to vote YES on SB 246 – Baby Safe Bill
On Monday, February 27, Indiana Senators will be voting on SB 246, the Baby Safe Bill, authored by Senator Travis Holdman (R-Dist. 19), which will allow desperate mothers to relinquish their newborn child anonymously. The publicity generated from the two baby safes already in place (one right here in Allen County) have generated nearly a thousand calls to the Baby Safe hotline that have been answered by trained volunteers resulting in 132 pregnancy resource center referrals, 4 adoptions referrals and 6 face-to-face surrenders. All of these choices are preferred because no child should be left to die in a trash can. Baby safes are not currently protected under Indiana law. If this legislation goes forward more mothers in crisis will know they have a friend to call for help. And if the very worst happens, mothers will know they have a safe place to relinquish their babies without having to look in the face of anyone in authority or be criminally prosecuted for abandonment. Two hospital systems in Indiana are already committed to installing the baby safes upon passage of this law.
Even though this legislation passed the Senate Family and Children Services committee unanimously, the outcome of the full Senate vote is not certain. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO CONTACT YOUR INDIANA STATE SENATOR AND ASK FOR A YES VOTE ON SB 246. PHONE MESSAGES AND E-MAILS SENT OVER THE WEEKEND ARE IMPERATIVE. Senate Telephone Center: 317-232-9400 Senate Switchboard: 800-382-9467