Police remind public of Safe Delivery of Newborns Law

NEGAUNEE — Since 2001, the state of Michigan has saved many infant lives due to a certain law. Law enforcement wants to remind people that this law is still in effect.

The Safe Delivery of Newborns Law allows for parents who find themselves in an unexpected pregnancy to safely, legally and anonymously leave a newborn infant with law enforcement to be taken care of. Police want to remind parents that this option is still available.

“You have up until 72 hours that an infant can be turned in,” said Michigan State Police Trooper Stacey Rasanen. “It’s just a safe way of doing things safely foe the infants. We’ve seen, and statistics show, from 2001–2017 that there’s been over 200 infants that have been turned over to these agencies to get help.”

Newborn infants can also be turned over to Emergency Service Providers, such as paramedics or EMT’s. Again, the process is safe, legal, and anonymous.

For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/safedelivery