A pro-life proposal in the Nebraska Legislature has a hearing scheduled for this Wednesday, and we need your help to pass this life-saving legislation in our state.
LB 876, the Newborn Safe Haven Act, authorizes Safe Haven baby boxes, safe, padded, and temperature-controlled units, to be installed at approved locations that are staffed 24/7 (including hospitals, fire stations, and police stations) where parents can voluntarily release custody of a newborn infant.
Nebraska’s current law allows for babies to be surrendered only at hospitals if the infant is less than one month old. This legislation expands the available drop-off locations and increases the number of days babies can be surrendered to 90 days. The bill has already received broad bipartisan support and has 33 cosponsors.
Similar programs across the country are saving hundreds of lives because they offer parents who may be facing a crisis a safe, accessible, and life-affirming option to surrender newborn babies where they can be adopted into loving homes.
Safe Haven baby boxes decrease the number of babies who are abandoned or left in unsafe places with the hope they will be discovered. They are generally only used in rare cases, but every life this program could save is valuable and worth protecting in our state. A baby was recently saved through a Safe Haven baby box at an EMS Station in Indiana.
The committee hearing for LB 876 is this Wednesday in the Judiciary Committee. Please submit a written comment online in support of LB 876 before 8 AM on Wednesday.
- STEP 1: Click here to access the LB 876 bill summary page on the Legislature’s website.
- STEP 2: Click “Submit Comments Online For LB 876” in the center of the page.
- STEP 3: Click “I Understand” in the Written Submission pop-up window.
- STEP 4: Select “Yes” under “Include Comment in Hearing Record,” fill out the form, and submit your comment as a “proponent.” You will receive an email asking you to confirm your comment.
Comments must be submitted by Wednesday, February 7th at 8:00 AM (CST).
Senator Rick Holdcroft, the introducer of LB 876, joined the Nebraska Family Alliance Report podcast with NFA Policy Director Nate Grasz to discuss the bill. Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about this legislation and why advancing our pro-life values is a top priority.