CHICAGO - Two Chicago area nonprofits hosted a fundraiser for the newborn Safe Haven Law Wednesday evening.
Giving Hearts Yoga and Save Abandoned Babies Foundation say the law offers a protected, legal alternative to unsafe infant abandonment which has resulted in almost 900 infant deaths to date.
According to the city of Chicago's website, newborns 1-month-old or younger can be handed to a staff member at fire stations, police stations, hospitals, or other emergency facilities with no questions asked.
If the infant is unharmed, no one will try to find the birth parents and there will be no legal consequences.
"Oh, I hope your viewers are listening and even though they think they don’t need it, somebody that they know may be hiding a pregnancy," said Dawn Geras with Save Abandoned Baby Foundation. "They all need it, it crosses all socioeconomic classes."
Teacher and former professional dancer, Tsha Marie Jacobson, hosted a donation-based yoga class. All proceeds from the event will go directly to SABF.
Jacobson has a personal story after being abandoned at 2 years old.
"We were on the street for most of the day, that day I was two, [my brother] he was six and the police just finally picked us up," said Jacobson. "Once they [the police] found out our names and who we were, then we got put into an orphanage. Then I was adopted by an American family and then my brother was pulled out from my birth mom."
You can bring awareness to the cause by visiting givingheartsyoga.org.