Teach the Safe Haven law!

In 2000, Colorado passed our "Safe Haven" law, permitting parents to surrender their child (no older than three days old) to personnel at a fire station or hospital. In 2018, it was expanded to also include freestanding emergency rooms. The law provides mothers in difficult situations to surrender their newborn, giving them a second chance at life.

Since 2000, the lives of over 60 children have been saved due to the Safe Haven law in Colorado, and over 3,600 have been saved across the United States.

Now, all 50 states have adopted Safe Haven laws, and the focus now turns to educating students about Safe Haven laws.

Senator Jim Smallwood has proposed Senate Bill 19-025, which requires Colorado public schools that teach sexual education to also educate our students on the Safe Haven law. Rather than being assigned to the Education or Health and Human Services Committee, it has been assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee, and will be heard on Wednesday, January 16th at 1:30 P.M.

Please sign our petition below and let members of that committee know that you support Senate Bill 25.

If you are interested in testifying in committee, please contact Sage Naumann at sage.naumann@state.co.us.

UPDATE 1/16/2019:

Click the video above to watch the CBS4 story about how Democrats put Senate Bill 25 in jeopardy, or take a look at the full story on the CBS4 website.

UPDATE 1/17/2019:

The Gazette Editorial: Colorado Democrat jeopardizes bill to save babies

"The adage “absolute power corrupts absolutely” went on full display Wednesday, when a powerful Colorado Democrat played games with a life-saving bill."

UPDATE 1/24/2019:

Senate Bill 25 passed through the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on January 24, 2019 in a unanimous vote – and it won’t be contingent on any other legislation. 

Senators on the committee agreed to remove Senator Mike Foote’s (D-Boulder) original amendment (L.003) that would have made the implementation of Senate Bill 25 dependent on another piece of legislation – House Bill 1032 – which pertains to sexual education in Colorado schools.

Additionally, members of the committee agreed to adopt Senator Smallwood’s original amendment (L.002) which would move Safe Haven education from sexual education to health education, ensuring that the Safe Haven law will be taught even if a school decides not to teach sexual education. Read the full update here.

UPDATE 1/28/2019:

Senate Bill 25 was supposed to be heard on the floor of the Senate today, but due to weather delay, it was rescheduled for January 29, 2018.

 

PETITION

To Colorado State Senators -

We, the residents of Colorado, ask that you pass Senate Bill 19-025 and allow Colorado's Safe Haven law to be taught in our schools whenever sexual education is taught. The lives of over 60 children have been saved due to our Safe Haven law thus far, and the lives of over 3,600 children have been saved across the United States.

Please pass Senate Bill 25.

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