Baby Surrendered at Michigan City Fire Station Underscores Importance of 2018 Legislation

April 9, 2018

SEA 340 Expanded Use of Baby Boxes at Indiana Fire Stations

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – A baby was safely surrendered Sunday into a baby box at a Michigan City fire station. Newborns up to 30 days can be anonymously surrendered under the Safe Haven Law at fire stations, hospitals and police stations. Indiana law also allows for the installation of baby boxes at hospitals and fire stations.

The Indiana General Assembly just passed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 340 that allows for the expansion of baby box installation at fire departments, including volunteer fire departments, that are staffed by an emergency medical services provider. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the legislation into law on March 25. The baby box at the Coolspring Township Fire Department was grandfathered into law during the 2017 General Assembly Session.

This is the second baby surrendered in this baby box. A baby girl was surrendered last November.

“We are pleased to learn of the baby saved in the Michigan City Fire Station baby box,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “This is the second baby who now has a chance at life. We never want a mother to feel like she is in such a desperate situation that surrendering is her only option, but it is certainly preferred to illegal abandonment.

“We commend our Indiana legislators and Gov. Eric Holcomb for recognizing the value in baby boxes. We encourage all eligible locations to consider installing and promoting them. Yesterday’s save underscores the importance of baby boxes.”

There are two baby boxes in Indiana: the Coolspring Township Fire Department at the Woodburn Fire Station.

According to Safe Haven Baby Boxes, Inc., Indiana is the only state with baby safes. Since the baby safes were introduced in Indiana, there have been no deadly abandonments. The organization reports that babies have been saved after their guardians contacted the Baby Safe Hotline at 1-866-99BABY1.

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.
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