An abandoned infant is at grave risk of death. A few mothers, alone and afraid, panic and place their newborn in jeopardy. Rep. Patrice Arent has proposed legislation that will give these mothers a practical alternative to discarding their newborn.
I am convinced that they will not relinquish their infants if there is any risk of identification. While there are details that must be addressed in a final bill, we collectively have a responsibility to protect the lives of our most defenseless citizens. Rep. Arent's bill will meet that responsibility by providing a sanctuary for abandoned infants and anonymity for their mothers.
Edward B. Clark, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
University of Utah School of Medicine
Primary Children's Medical Center
Salt Lake City