Proposal would create 'baby boxes' in Wisconsin where newborns could safely be abandoned

  • Source: WISC-TV Channel Madison
  • Published: 04/15/2019 05:16 PM

VIDEO: Newborn safety boxes could be installed at medical centers and law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin, under a new proposal at the state Capitol. Sen. Dale Kooyenga is drafting a bill, along with first responders and hospitals, that would add the boxes as an option for parents in Wisconsin who wish to safely surrender a newborn baby. "If we want to protect the newborn child in this last resort situation, we must provide a safer way for parents to surrender the baby without fear of criminal prosecution," Kooyenga, a Republican from Brookfield, said in a news release. "Fire stations are a safe place to bring a newborn now and probably a little safer than other areas because we have all the medical supplies to deal with a newborn," said Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis. "We have the paramedics and the EMTs that are trained for medical issues."


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