Safe Haven Law Expansion Takes Effect
A new change to an old Minnesota law takes effect today.
The Safe Haven Law says that parents with an unwanted newborn can now call 911 for an ambulance to take the child. They also have the option to bring the baby to an urgent care or hospital within seven days, which is four more days than the old law allowed.
The old law enacted in 2000 was among the strictest in the nation and required parents to turn over an unwanted newborn to a hospital within three days, according to the Associated Press.
The change gives more time for the parents to decide whether or not they’d like to keep their newborn.