Greater publicity about options available to young mothers who want to legally surrender their children for adoption is provided in a community-based effort to avoid infant deaths such as occurred in several cases locally where newborns have been found abandoned and dead in the Traverse City area.
Lorrie Jorgenson, pregnancy counselor at Bethany Christian Services in Traverse City said, "This provides a way out for a desperate person. Fear and desperation would lead to the type of tragedies this community has witnessed."
Desperate teenagers need to be aware of The Safe Delivery of Newborns Act, a law that went into effect across Michigan in 2001. This law allows mothers to leave their infants with an emergency service provider within 72 hours of birth with no legal repercussions. Mothers electing to do so can remain anonymous and can refuse to answer questions. Infants can be dropped off at a hospital, police station or fire department.
The Traverse City Record Eagle today discusses The Safe Delivery of Newborn Act. Moms have 'options': Officials highlight dropoff law in wake of infant deaths