Expanding Safe Haven
Fourteen lives… It’s not often you can quantify the effects of a state law in such concrete terms. But in Iowa, 14 newborns have been delivered safely to health care facilities, and then successfully adopted to families under the “Safe Haven” law. Host Ben Kieffer talks about a bill that would expand the law to cover babies up to one year of age, and other approaches to expanding the reach of a well-intentioned law, as well as the concerns raised by any such expansion. Guests include Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt, Iowa State Representative Mark Smith, Stephen Scott of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa and Roger Munns from the Iowa Department of Human Services.