October 2021 – When she was less than 2 days old, Isabella Lankin was abandoned on the steps of an orphanage. The Kentucky teen, now 16, petitioned for a law to approve installation of a Safe Haven Box to rescue abandoned babies in Louisville. The young activist was also the leading fundraiser for the project.
The box is a climate-controlled receptacle. Parents who decide they must give up their newborn may anonymously place the child in the box, which locks when closed and sends an alarm to pro-life sponsors to rescue the child.
Gov. Andy Beshear (D) signed House Bill 155 on March 25, and it went into effect in late June. While a number of other states have Safe Haven Boxes, this is Kentucky’s first. It is installed at Okolona Fire Station #1.
apps.legislature.ky.gov, 5/18/21; wfpl.org, 7/1/21;