Bill Up For Vote Would Protect Privacy Of Parents Surrendering Newborns

Legislation is up for vote with state lawmakers Tuesday that would protect the privacy of parents who give up their newborn babies at a hospital or with first responders.

The Safe Delivery of Newborns Law was enacted in 2000, allowing parents to surrender a newborn no more than 72 hours old.

The bill scheduled for House approval Tuesday would keep intact birth certificate requirements if a birth occurs in an institution.

However, if a newborn is surrendered under the baby drop-off law, parents would be listed as “unknown” and the child as “baby doe.”

Supporters of the bill say this would stop people from leaving newborns in public restrooms and dumpsters.