The Honorable Linda Lingle
Governor, State of
RE: HB 1830: Safe Haven/”
for Newborns”—Please Veto
Thank you for placing HB1830, the so-called “safe haven” bill, on your list of potential vetoes. We know that you are under political pressure to let the bill pass into law with or without your signature, and we urge you to make good on your intent to veto.
Not one adoption reform organization on the mainland supports safe haven programs.
Safe Haven laws circumvent uniform best practice child surrender standards such as the collection of the child’s identifying information, social, cultural and medical history. They thwart due process for parents—especially the father. They devalue communication and ethical counseling. They refute responsible legal alternatives to baby dumping: public assistance, temporary surrender, and permanent surrender for adoption.
“Safe Haven” Hawai’an-style rejects hanai: extended family and community care. Not only will Native Hawai’ians, surrendered through the anonymous system be denied their native heritage but also benefits to which the are entailed to legally since they will unable able to prove eligibility
Since 1996 there has been one media-reported prosecutable newborn death and no reported cases of unsafe newborn abandonment in
Why “fix” something that’s not broken?
Anonymous baby dumping is not an acceptable cultural practice in
Please continue to stand courageously for ethical child placement and the right of identity for all Hawai’ians.
Marley Elizabeth Greiner
Bastard Nation is the largest adoptee civil rights organization in