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Kairos And Safe Havens: The Timing And Calamity Of Unwanted Birth, Susan Ayres Jan 2009

Kairos And Safe Havens: The Timing And Calamity Of Unwanted Birth, Susan Ayres

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It is impossible to know the number of infants killed or illegally abandoned at birth. No official reporting requirements exist, but conservative estimates claim that in the United States, 150-300 infants are killed within twenty-four hours of life and that over 100 infants are illegally abandoned. Beginning in 1999, in an effort to stem the problem of neonaticide and illegal abandonment, states began enacting laws to legalize abandonment. By 2008, all fifty states had enacted safe haven laws, which allow parents to anonymously abandon newborns by delivering them to designated providers, such as hospitals. This article provides a practical and …