An interesting tidbit came across in Friday’s Bloomington Pantagraph. In an editorial entitled “State’s safe haven law proven benefit for babies” the Pantagraph reveals that the safe haven advocacy group Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, is compiling baby abandonment stats for the State of Illinois.
As a Beltway lobbyist friend of Bastardette’s pointed out, “Do you think the White House would let Planned Parenthood collect family planning data?”
At this point, we can only go by what the editorial says, but this is not the first time this allegation has been made. An AP story in the May 17, 2005 edition of the Chicago Defender and other papers mentions that SABF “compiles information on the issue for state government.”
If the merry band of amateurs at Save Abandoned Babies Foundation is collecting data for the state in an official capacity, it is a direct conflict of interest, since SABF is not only the leading advocate and “educator” for safe havens, but SABF gang banger, Chicago Fire Commissioner Cortez Trotter, has also been quoted as saying the safe haven law sunset needed to be repealed two years early, making the law permanent, so advocates could raise money for their organization.
If SABF is collecting data for the State of Illinois there’s a lot of questions to be answered:
*Who approved the arrangement?
*Does SABF receive public monies to fund its private advocacy via its statistics gathering?
*What qualifies SABF to collect and analyze statistics?
*What methodology does SABF use?
*How does SABF collect data? From their own “private” reports (and who knows where they get those reports?) or from state, county or local agencies?
*If public agencies are collecting data, then why aren’t they reporting directly to the Department of Social Services, not SABF?
*What reporting standards and criteria have been designed and mandated for local agencies and SABF?
*Are SABF data collectors trained in the arcane field of health statistics research and management?
*Are SABF volunteers given access to “confidential” records?
*Why has the state conceded its safe haven data collection responsibility to a private NGO that advocates for safe havens and stands to make money if the outcomes are favorable?
*If SABF is simply turning over its own data to the state, then how seriously does the state take the data? Would it consider data from organizations or individuals not favorable to safe havens?
If the editorial can be proven wrong, Bastardette will happily retract her complaints. But if it’s not, then the State of Illinois has some explaining to do.
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We’ll keep you informed.
For more on Illinois safe haven law see the Daily Bastardette’s The Pimping of Baby Matthew.