The recent death of a newborn girl who was left in a shoebox in Sydney has renewed calls for ‘Baby Safe Havens’ across Australia. Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley, who has lobbied for Baby Safe Havens since 2007, revealed in a media release that there have been 15 reported abandoned babies during the intervening period.

Baby Safe Havens already exist overseas in such places as Europe, Japan and the US. They allow mothers to anonymously place their babies into chutes or hatches, usually at hospitals, which is clearly a far better option than abandoning the baby on the streets. A recent media report discussing this issue can be found by clicking here.

Senator Polley is currently conducting a petition calling for the establishment of Baby Safe Havens in Australia. If this issue is of interest to you, copies of the petition for signature can be found at Senator Polley’s  website at senatorhelenpolley.com.au.