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Monday, March 8, 2010

Resolution Relating to Might've Died Babies - LOLgislation #036

FL Senate 2010: SR 2738
By Senator Nan H. Rich (D, Broward, Miami-Dade)

Senate Resolution                       

WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature adopted legislation in 2000 establishing safe haven facilities where parents could anonymously place newborn infants, who might otherwise be abandoned, without fear of prosecution, and
WHEREAS, by establishing a multilingual referral help line that is constantly staffed with a network of volunteers and providing public service announcements and a publicly accessible website of information, “A Safe Haven for Newborns” has become  the primary information resource in Florida alerting parents as to how they can anonymously and safely place their newborn infants, thereby saving lives, and
WHEREAS, since the inception of the safe haven law in 2000, at least 143 newborns have been placed in safe haven facilities, due in large measure to the leadership of the Gloria M. Silverio Foundation, and

Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:

That February 2010 is recognized as “Safe Haven for Newborns Month” in Florida and the Gloria M. Silverio Foundation is commended for its efforts to protect newborns through safe haven facilities and support.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to Nick E. Silverio of “A Safe Haven for Newborns” as a tangible token of the sentiments of the Florida Senate.

Due to Great International Embarrassment in 2008 over our children's belief that a shot of Mountain Dew and a puff on the peace pipe would prevent pregnancy, the Florida Legislature hurriedly agreed to allow something a touch more "comprehensive" than strict abstinence-only education. But it's still Great to Wait.

We don't bother with aiding our young, undereducated, desperate, poor, scared and/or abused, drug-addicted mothers before they end up that way – with basic education and access to reproductive healthcare. But we will commend this foundation for helping us net our own oopsies at the last second.

Every state has Baby Moses laws. Nevermind that tens of thousands of newborns were already safely left in maternity wards nationally, or that babies still turn up dead in parking lots and dumpsters sometimes, same as anybody else.

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