State hopes revised 'safe haven' law will cut down on abandoned babies

Minnesota has revised a law that allows mothers of unwanted newborns to turn the babies over to authorities with no questions asked. The window of time has been widened to seven days, rather than three. Mothers may also call 911 and have an ambulance come get the baby.
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Minnesota has revised a law that allows mothers of unwanted newborns to turn the babies over to authorities with no questions asked. The window of time has been widened to seven days, rather than three. Mothers may also call 911 and have an ambulance come get the baby.

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