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Giving Up Baby: Safe Haven Laws, Motherhood, and Reproductive Justice

Laury Oaks


“Baby safe haven” laws, which allow a parent to relinquish a newborn baby legally and anonymously at a specified institutional location—such as a hospital or fire station—were established in every state between 1999 and 2009. Promoted during a time of heated public debate over policies on abortion, sex education, teen pregnancy, adoption, welfare, immigrant reproduction, and child abuse, safe haven laws were passed by the majority of states with little contest. These laws were thought to offer a solution to the consequences of unwanted pregnancy: mothers would no longer be burdened with childr ... More

Keywords: baby safe haven, safe haven laws, newborn baby, abortion, sex education, teen pregnancy, adoption, welfare, disadvantaged women, unwanted pregnancy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479897926
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479897926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laury Oaks, author