Fort Smith to Get Safe Haven Baby Box

Talk Business & Politics reports that Fort Smith will be the site of Arkansas’ next Safe Haven Baby Box.

Arkansas’ Safe Haven Act of 2001 lets a woman surrender her newborn baby to law enforcement, medical personnel, and first responders. The law gives women with unplanned pregnancies an option besides abortion.

Similar laws are on the books in all 50 states.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes installed at fire stations let women surrender an infant safely and anonymously using a specialized, hospital-grade bassinet designed to keep the baby secure while a silent alarm notifies first responders inside the fire station that the baby is there.

The Safe Haven Baby Box reportedly will be installed at Fire Station #11 in Fort Smith by the end of this year.

Talk Business & Politics reports that there is an initial fee of $10,000 to build and install the Safe Haven Box and train personnel to operate it.

Arkansas currently has five Safe Haven Baby Boxes. Maumelle, El Dorado, and Rogers are expected to install Safe Haven Baby Boxes in the coming months as well.

Pro-life groups in Arkansas also are promoting the state’s Safe Haven law through a billboard campaign. Arkansas Right to Life has previously reported that billboards have been placed in 21 counties across the state.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes are amazing pieces of pro-life technology. It’s good to see communities like Fort Smith continue to make them available to Arkansans.

Federal Judge in Little Rock Blocks Pro-Life Law

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Little Rock, Ark. — On Tuesday U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker in Little Rock blocked Act 309 of 2021. Act 309 generally prohibits abortion in Arkansas except when the mother’s life is at stake. The law is slated to take effect July 28.

Family Council President Jerry Cox issued a statement saying, “This bad ruling is unfortunate, but it isn’t surprising. Judge Baker has a consistent track record of ruling in favor of abortionists. In the past the Eighth Circuit has overturned some of her bad rulings, and we believe that Arkansas will get a better decision as this case is appealed.”

Cox said the lawsuit over Act 309 will provide federal courts with an opportunity to overturn past decisions on abortion. “This is an opportunity for federal courts to fix bad decisions like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. These pro-abortion rulings were wrongly decided. They have cost the lives of millions of unborn children. As this case is appealed, we hope courts will rethink and overturn these past rulings.”

Cox praised Arkansas’ elected officials for standing by Act 309. “Act 309 passed with strong support from the General Assembly earlier this year. Governor Hutchinson signed it into law, and Attorney General Rutledge is defending it in court. This is a good law that is challenging the status quo on abortion and will save countless lives if enforced. Arkansans should be proud of their elected officials for standing up for the unborn.”