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Citing the need for more oversight in California, the state Legislature is tackling the issue of more vigorous and stringent rules that would govern the state’s Safe Haven laws making it a crime to surrender adults.
In effect in all 50 states, the Safe Haven law was enacted to decriminalize leaving unharmed infants behind, encouraging parents to surrender their babies rather than aborting, killing or discarding them.
Most childrens rights advocates believe that the push to regulate in California is in direct response to a series of abuses. Sarah Palin was found at the Santa Clara police station after the vice-presidential debate, Lane Kiffen was rescued from an east Oakland fire station in a diaper with bruises covering his body and Assemblyman Jim Beall was dropped off at Valley Medical Center after the budget impasse – and if not addressed could become worse.
“It was never the intent that adults could be surrendered because of bad job performance,” said Safe Haven watchdog Scott Gable. “Although the mind numbs at the possibilities.”