The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

"Safe Haven" Laws:
Part of a Barbaric Society

Feb 19, 2001

This year, 21 states are considering laws that would designate so-called "safe havens"–places like hospitals, police and fire stations where people could abandon their new-born babies for adoption or foster care without fear of prosecution. Last year, 15 states adopted such legislation.

These laws are a response to the growing number of babies abandoned in dumpsters, alleys, empty buildings and other places, where they frequently die before being discovered.

A growing number of women poor, young women–are so desperate they see no other way but to abandon newborns. Continuing poverty, less and less access to legal, affordable and safe abortion services, and less and less education in the schools about sexuality and birth control have all contributed to this growing scandal–a scandal the root of which is the society that created such barbarous conditions.

So–it’s come to this: the wealthiest country in the world has no other answer than to set up stations for collecting "unwanted" babies.

"Safe havens" where people can discard babies like garbage; this truly gives a picture of how barbaric this capitalist society has become.