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Save the Abandoned Baby Day

Chicago, Ill., April 4, 2003 – Today marks the State’s first annual “Save the Abandoned Baby Day” and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services joins the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation in inviting you to join in its commemoration at Sugar (the dessert bar), 108 W. Kinzie, Chicago, Ill. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act was enacted by State lawmakers in 2001 and grants biological parents immunity from criminal prosecution if they safely leave their infants—three days or younger—at a hospital, emergency medical facility or manned fire station.

An unwanted pregnancy can be a traumatic experience that can lead to overwhelming feelings of loneliness, anxiety and hopelessness. During this emotionally fragile period, even an otherwise rational person can consider desperate actions such as abandonment or worse. We’ve all heard the heart wrenching stories of infants abandoned in an unsafe environment.

Even though three infants have found safe havens since the law was enacted, still others have made headlines after the discovery of their lifeless bodies. The death of one child is one too many. Today’s event is aimed at raising the public’s consciousness, and eradicating the unsafe abandonment of newborn infants.

Increasing public awareness of this issue is critical. Your coverage of this important story can help raise the public’s knowledge and understanding of the law and where safe havens are located in your area. In doing so, you will be assisting women and families who may find themselves in this desperate situation.

Jill Manuel
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

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