State campaign for safe surrender awareness

Mar 04, 2014 -- 10:45am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The death of a newborn has sparked an advertising campaign by the state to make the public aware of a new law allowing mothers to safely relinquish their babies without fear of prosecution. The Anchorage Daily News reports the state of Alaska is launching a $50,000 campaign in raising awareness on the Safe Surrender for Infants Act passed in 2008. This is four months after a female soldier was charged after allegedly leaving her infant to die in an Eagle River Park. The law allows a parent to give up a baby at a police station, fire station or hospital up to 21 days after birth with no questions asked. According to the Alaska Department of health and Social Services, infant abandonment is rare.  

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