Posted: Jan 20, 2022 12:01 AM
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett drew the ire of abortion advocates with a comment during oral arguments for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case in December. The case, to be decided this year, may spell the end of Roe v. Wade and its policy of abortion-on-demand. Recent responses from abortion proponents show how blind they are to the compelling realities of abortion alternatives.Barrett, an adoptive mother herself, asked if a woman who lacks access to abortion is freed from forced parenthood when she leaves her baby at a safe location for adoption. Barrett’s comment was in reference to Safe Haven laws, which did not exist when Roe was passed in 1973.These lifesaving laws exist in all 50 states and are covered extensively in the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates’ (NIFLA) Dobbs amicus brief. Under these laws, any woman can relinquish her baby at a hospital, fire station or other designated safe haven within a set period of time. In doing so, she will incur no legal liability – criminal or civil. Workers at the designated safe place are then required to deliver the child to the proper authorities to be placed for adoption.The safe haven law alternative – unlike abortion – is free for all women. These laws ensure that freedom or liberty from parenthood is guaranteed in every state. Concern for the potential burden of an “unwanted” ch …
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