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Kansas House Approves Bill to Strengthen Protections in Safe Haven Law

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The Kansas House has approved a bill aimed at strengthening protections for parents who leave their newborns at a safe haven location.

The current law allows parents to leave a baby less than 45 days old at a safe haven location -- such as a hospital or fire station -- without being prosecuted.

The proposed measure would help parents to remain anonymous except for circumstances when child abuse is suspected.

The bill was proposed partly in response to a case in Wichita, where a mother who abandoned her child at a hospital was publicly identified by police.

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