VETO HAWAI’I HB 1830 – Safe Haven Act


Hawai’ian adoptees and Governor Linda Lingle need your support…now!

HB 1830 which would legalize newborn abandonment in Hawai’i through the implementation of “safe havens” has passed both houses and is on Gov. Linda Lingle’s desk awaiting her signature.

In 2003 Lingle vetoed a similar bill saying that it would undermine traditional Hawai’ian family values and discourage mothers from seeking assistance from in-place resources. Lingle has made no public comment about the current bill, but there is no indication that she has changed her mind about “safe havens” in Hawai’i. In April, her senior policy adviser Linda Smith, in written testimony to the legislature, said, “Enactment of this bill may encourage those mothers to abandon their children rather than seeking help from the birth fathers, their families, and other supportive resources,” an almost direct quote from Lingle’s 2003 veto statement.

Gov Lingle is under tremendous political pressure to sign HB 1830 or let it pass into law without her signature. She has until June 23 to indicate whether she is considering vetoing the bill and until July 10 to take final action.

Gov. Lingle needs to know that adoptee rights advocates and adoption reformers on the Mainland oppose safe havens as harmful to the rights of adoptees and the welfare of children and families,. She needs to know that we have her back when she refuses to bring “safe havens” to Hawai’i’


Read the bill

Read Bastard Nation’s letter to Gov Lingle publisihed here on May 22.

Contact Gov. Lingle and key legislators.


• HB 1830 is not needed; newborn abandonment/neonaticide in the state is nearly unheard of. Since 1996 there has only been one prosecutable case…

• HB 1830 rejects and undermines the traditional Hawai’ian practice of “hanai”– extended family and community care which insures that children, unable to be reared by their biological parents are lovingly kept within the family or close community where their identity and heritage remain in tact.

• HB 1830 eliminates”hanai” and the right of identity by denying the “safe havened” access to their original birth documents and heritage information.

• HB 1830 abrogates certain government benefits available to all Native Hawai’ians because the “safe havened” will be unable to prove Native ancestry.

• HB 1830 rejects informed consent and best practice standards of child welfare and adoption placement such as the collection of a full record of identifying information and social and medical histories.

• HB 1830 denies parents–particularly non-surrendering parents (usually the father)- due process by eliminating the ability to locate the dependency proceeding to which they are a party

Oppose HB 1830 and encourage Gov. Lingle to hold firm. We have been told that faxing is the best way to get legislators’ attention.


The Honorable Linda Lingle
Governor, State of Hawai’i
Executive Chambers
State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813
e-mail: [email protected]

To forestall an override attempt contact the following key legislators who will decide whether to initiate an override. Explain why you oppose HB 1830 and include your letter to Gov. Lingle.

Colleen Hanabusa, Senate President
Hawai’i State Capitol, Room 409
415 Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone ;
email [email protected]

Calvin K.Y. Say, Speaker of the House
Hawai’i State Capitol, Room 431
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone ;
e-mail [email protected]

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Majority Whip (Democrat)
Hawai’i State Capitol, Room 226
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Representative John Mizuno
Hawa’ii State Capitol, Room 436
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone ;
e-mail [email protected]

Anonymous baby dumping is not an acceptable cultural practice in Hawai’i now. No law should make it acceptable for the future.



  1. I admire her for any political fallout she may be risking.

    I’m curious–You seem to have a good deal of emotion invested in this. Why? It can’t be that you want to save babies; as the entry explains, abandoned infants really aren’t a big problem in Hawaii. Just what about the existence of Bastard Nation do you find so “stoopid”?

  2. I hardly think threatening Governor Lingle with a snarling spittle-mouthed Oprah is a very smart move. In fact it’s totally daft.
    Using that as a threat only goes to show how cuckoo you really are.
    Oh darn, I forgot. Her Radiancy rules the US by dazzling it out of its collective skull. NOT.

    Besides, Ms. Lingle isn’t one to be intimidated by Queen Oprah – or by anyone else for that matter. Unlike certain skanky media sluts she has intelligence and integrity. She is also sane.
    Over time (four years is a mere nanoblip) more states will come to see the wisdom of Gov. Lingle’s words and you’ll be choking on yours.

  3. As stated previously, the Morriseys are banned from posting on The Daily Bastardette. All of the “deleted comments” on this page appear to be posted by them or their agents, so they have been removed.


  4. Maybe the Governor would be interested in California statistics. After 6 years of Safe Haven enactment, the death rate of newborns found abandoned dead has NOT decreased. Lawmakers are presented a growing number of infants abandonded alive legally and illegally, but there is clear statiticial data from 58 County Coroners offices to refute any correlation.

    Safe Haven law in California has been ineffective in decreasing the number of newborns found dead. It has, instead, left hundreds of newborns with no medical or familial history for a lifetime.

    Jean M. Uhrich, BSW
    On Behalf of California Open

  5. If people are interested in reducing the number of infants illegally abandoned or killed, perhaps they could focus on a solution that may actually work. From the beginning of time, there has always been a very small percentage of people who kill or abandon their children.

    Safe haven does nothing more than, among other things, attract people who don’t want to go through the whole adoption process.

    Statistics show it certainly doesn’t stop infant abandonment or infanticide.

  6. Duh, Anonymorissey person. Who said anyone should be *forced* to keep a child?

    Ever heard of legal relinquishment procedures?

    And if you really believe that someone who’d leave their baby in a ‘dumpster, toilet or alley’ is simultaneously going to be in a state of mind to to take it to a hospital or firehouse, you need to have your head read.

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