Texas fire department preparing for potential rise in newborn drop-offs following Roe v. Wade ruling

  • Source: KBMT-TV ABC/NBC 12 Beaumont
  • Published: 06/30/2022 12:00 AM

Days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, hospitals, clinics, and even fire departments are preparing to navigate the ruling. After the abortion ruling, the Port Arthur Fire Department is prepared for an uptick in newborn drop-offs. According to Port Arthur Fire Chief, hardly anyone uses their Safe Haven resource, but that could change after the Supreme Court ruling. Perhaps you've seen signs showing that fire stations are a "safe baby site." Safe Haven laws have been in place for decades. “I'm not sure everybody knows that fire stations are Safe Haven facilities,” Port Arthur Fire Chief Greg Benson said. Since 1999, the Texas Safe Haven law has protected moms who feel they cannot take care of their newborn babies. Benson said they are prepared for a ripple effect following the court's ruling. “Well, it certainly is a possibility. One of the things that I advocate for is that we've been being proactive,” Benson said.


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