Protecting Newborns From Infanticide
Safe Abandonment Law Changed from 5 to 30 Days
The Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation (S2950D/Klein) that will help combat infanticide in New York, by allowing for parents to relinquish responsibility and safely abandon infants up to 30-days old without being held criminally liable.
Current law limits the child to no more than 5-days old. More than 120 babies have been safely abandoned since the original Infant Protection Act passed in 2000.
To ensure the protection of the child, these infants must be left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location safe from physical injury, and individuals must promptly notify someone of the child's location.
Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) said, "This legislation has one objective - to keep vulnerable and innocent newborns safe from harm and ensure they are protected in their early days of life. By extending the safe haven time frame and removing the threat of prosecution, we not only safeguard the health and welfare of hundreds of infants but undoubtedly will save lives."
Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson said, “This is difficult, but necessary legislation for the benefit of children born to parents who are unwilling or unable to care for them. I congratulate Senator Klein for what is humane, sensible and morally responsible legislation.”
For more information about this legislation visit: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/api/1.0/html/bill/S2950D
Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) said, “We have seen case after case in the media where vile parents murder infants because they simply don’t want them. Our vote today is a great measure in protecting newborns from infanticide by providing parents with options.”
Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-parts of Erie and Niagara Counties) said, “This kind of legislation is very important if we are going to protect children who face possible abandonment. It’s also necessary to make the public aware these laws exist. Finally, we must protect the parents who feel that life has left them no other alternatives.”
State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) said, "By expanding and improving New York's Safe Haven law, we are taking vital steps to save even more babies from harm. Their parents will have more time to decide whether the abandonment of their child is truly the right choice, and if that is the case, will have greater incentives to make sure that their infants are delivered to a safe place where they will receive the care they need."
This legislation has also passed the Assembly.