Michigan parents who give up newborns at safe places would remain confidential in new bill

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Legislation advancing in Michigan would protect the confidentiality of parents who give up their newborn by leaving the child at a hospital or with emergency responders.

The Safe Delivery of Newborns Law, enacted in 2000, lets parents surrender a newborn who’s no more than 72 hours old.

The bill approved unanimously by the House Tuesday would keep intact birth certificate requirements for hospitals. But if a newborn is surrendered under the baby drop-off law, parents would be listed as “unknown” and the child as “Baby Doe.”

Supporters say the legislation would guarantee anonymity to parents and stop them from leaving newborns in public restrooms and dumpsters.

The law has led to 175 newborns being surrendered. Senators will next consider the bill.


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