Enhancing safe haven support a proper response to Pleasant Grove tragedy

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  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    April 17, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    Safe haven is a nice idea, but in this case this woman could very well have believed that she was "saving" these babies by not subjecting them to growing up, being subjected to temptation and possible adverse affects of mistakes they would have made in life.

    Maybe in her mind she was willing to be eternally punished, as long as her babies would be in heaven. It's tough to anticipate how people will process what they're taught, in the context of their mental condition.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 17, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    Re "Utah should allocate more resources toward this effort"...

    I think we all realize that the Safe Haven project is a good thing, but how would allocating more resources to this program have prevented this situation?

    It just seems like the conclusion of every letter is... blah blah blah... and more money needs to be given to this program...

    This was not caused by under-funding the program. This obviously involves a mental problem, not that she was stressed or didn't know what to do, or how to care for the babies or even that she didn't want them. More money for the program would not have helped in this instance.

    More money for mental illness detection and treatment may have helped, but nobody even knew she had a problem... so how would they know she needed help?

    I think the Save Haven project is absolutely a good thing, and it may even need more money... but pretending this incident indicates the program needs more money... is off-base (IMO).

    Where can we donate money to this program BTW...

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    April 17, 2014 6:27 a.m.

    The "Safe Haven" is a great idea, but I have an even better one, its called "contraception"!