When Roe v Wade was overturned in June of 2022, Kentucky was one of the fastest states to ban abortion thanks to a preemptive law enacted in 2019. The state is blessed to have almost zero surgical abortions.
A beautiful adoption story from Kentucky is making national headlines. It is proof that women desire better than abortion and with proper laws and support, more lives of preborn babies and more souls of moms will be saved.
Samuel Tyler made headlines when he was only a couple of days old after he was dropped off at a fire station in Louisville, Kentucky. The baby boy was wrapped in a blanket with a note that read, “I love you,” when he was surrendered by his mother under Kentucky’s Safe Infants Act. The Louisville Fire Department is proud of their role in affirming Samuel’s life and even hosted his first birthday party.
Chris and Brittany Tyler heard his story and knew the baby would be put in a foster home. Having fostered 16 children, the couple prayed for Samuel to be their foster child and eventual son through permanent adoption. Their prayers were answered when they received the call while out for a walk several days later. Weighing just 3 pounds, Samuel spent several weeks in the NICU before coming home and fitting right in with the family and his 2 older brothers, also adopted.
From ABC NEWS: Lt. Col. Bobby Cooper, assistant chief for the Louisville Fire Department, said he hopes the Tylers’ story raises awareness of safe haven laws, a version of which exists in all 50 states, allowing for the safe surrender of newborns in a protected environment.
“It’s an imperfect world, and we don’t have perfect solutions for every situation, but this is another option for a mom,” he said. “If a mom finds herself in a crisis situation and needs a haven for an infant, this is another resource that’s available.”
The Tylers too said they hope that by sharing their story it raises awareness of not only safe haven options, but also of the need for fostering and adoption.
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