Helping Expecting Mothers In Crisis
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — “I was pretty surprised,” says Patti Richardson, Director of Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center in Columbia. Patti Richardson describes her thoughts when she learned a new born baby boy was abandoned near a stairwell at the Enclave Apartments, Monday morning. “There are so many options out there that are better than what she chose,” says Richardson. Richland County deputies say the baby was found wrapped in a blanket with the umbilical cord and placenta still attached; it’s a situation Richardson says could have been prevented. “There are so many things that she could have done that would have been better for her and the baby,” says Richardson. Recently an infant ‘Safe Haven Law’ known simply as “Daniel’s Law” was enacted. The law states that a parent can safely relinquish their baby, infant to 30 days and unharmed, to a designated safe haven where the baby is protected. Safe haven locations include, Law Enforcement agencies, churches, fire stations or hospitals. If the parents abide by these rules, they will not face prosecution for abandonment or neglect. Besides the law, there are other ways for the parents to get help. Daybreak offers help for expecting mothers of all ages. “We’ve seen girls here that are 10 years old all the way to 50,” says Richardson. Along with providing counseling and education, Daybreak also offers ultrasounds for expecting mothers. Richardson says many times it’s the ultrasound that changes the mother’s mind. “We are here to protect the unborn. We are here to preserve the life of the unborn,” says Richardson.