Letter: Providing a safe haven for infants
Each state has a law in place to allow an unharmed infant to be relinquished to the proper authorities, no questions asked. Police stations, hospitals, rescue squads, and fire houses are all typical locations to which the safe-haven law applies. The National Safe Haven Alliance works with states to promote these laws and increase public awareness that these options do exist. Together, the Alliance and states work to save the lives of innocent infants and to protect the lives of their mothers. Since the first safe-haven laws were enacted in Texas in 1999, all U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia have passed safe-haven legislation and every state has reported lives saved through the existence of these laws.
Very recently a documentary movie came out, “The Drop Box” which tells of a pastor (Pastor Lee) in Seoul, South Korea, who learned the value of every human life by becoming a parent to a very disabled child. He also learned of all the (mostly disabled) infants being left on the streets of that city, resulting in the deaths of many. So, he decided to act. He built a “mailbox” in the front of his house church where people could safely abandon newborn babies they didn’t want or were unable to care for. This “drop box” was warm, cushioned, safe and comfortable for infants and it also included a bell sound to alert Pastor Lee when a child was left — usually in the middle of the night. Pastor Lee and his wife personally adopted nine of the disabled infants, and they are foster parents to another dozen (or so). In total 629 newborn lives were saved in this way. As the Lees age, this ministry is becoming more difficult for them to manage, and state aid for their disabled child has been interrupted.
The movie was very well done and sold out on the three showings scheduled for the first week of March. This seems to indicate a real interest in not only what this man is doing for these South Korean children, but also those at risk in our own country.
The Plateau Valley Resource Center has made a decision to support this ministry and to alert our community to the safe haven laws. Anyone who would like to join us in supporting this ministry financially can send their donations directly to http://www.thedropboxfilm.com or to the Plateau Valley Resource Center. We will forward any donations received to Pastor Lee along with our own donations. For information, call The Plateau Valley Resource Center at 970-487-3322 or 970-487-3827, or mail any contributions to P.V.R.C., P. O. Box 35, Collbran, CO 81624. Safe Havens have been remarkably successful! It is important that these laws are widely promoted and that women in need are informed they’re not alone.
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