Twin Babies Safely Dropped Off at Safe Haven
A mother safely surrendered her twin newborns to a safe zone at a local fire department.
The twins were perfectly healthy and the mom stuck around to explain her reasoning for dropping off the babies. “When the mother released her babies to the fire station, she was told she could reclaim them if she changed her mind within 14 days. This is part of the safe surrender law that has been put in place in the state,” according to Liftable.
The babies were dropped off at the San Bernardino County Fire Department in California on January 28th, under the Safe Surrender Program. According to the fire department’s Facebook page, Safe Surrender locations comes from the states “Safe Haven Law” that was proposed in 2001 and passed in California in 2006.
“On August 24, 2004, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution designating San Bernardino County fire stations as Safe Haven sites. Since this time, San Bernardino County Fire Protection District fire stations are equipped as Safe-Surrender sites.”
“Pursuant to Health & Safety Code 1255.7 and California Penal Code 271.5, also known as the “Safe-Haven Law”, state law provides immunity for mothers or persons in lawful custody of newborn infants less than seventy-two (72) hours who surrender these infants to a designated “safe-surrender site” from criminal prosecution. This policy was developed to prevent newborn infants from being abandoned resulting in serious injury or death.”
Fire Captain Andrea Binley took hold of the situation, ensuring that the babies were in good medical condition. The infants were taken to the local hospital to make sure there were no unseen medical issues. While the mother denied medical attention, she had questions about how to regain access to her children if she were to do so in the future.
Fire Chief Mark Hartwig stated, “this is exactly why the Safe Surrender program was created. This young mother did the right thing by bringing her babies to the fire station. Regardless of your circumstances, the Safe Surrender program is a viable and loving option—no questions asked.”
According to Liftable, 931 newborns have been surrendered since 2001 and 33 of them have been reclaimed.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe said in a L.A. County Safe Surrender Facebook video, “one hundred and forty-nine families have been blessed, 149 mothers made the right decision, 149 children have the right to grow up and be whatever they want to be because of the love and the care of the safe-surrender families.”
This encouraging story is such a wonderful alternative to abortion. Women who want to have their babies but have no means to take care of them now have the option to deliver them to a Safe Surrender location. This selfless act of the mother is one that is sure to encourage other women facing similar situations that they too can give their babies a chance at life.