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Baby box bill heads to the House

By Tanner Nicholson TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Hoosiers across the state may soon see more baby boxes at local fire departments after one lawmaker’s repeated attempt to pass legislation. Senate Bill 123, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, passed the Senate unanimously 47-0. The bill would expand the availability of newborn safety incubators, also known as baby boxes, […]

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Push for more baby boxes moves forward

By Tanner Nicholson The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — One lawmaker is advocating for more “baby boxes” that would allow an individual to anonymously surrender a newborn. Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, introduced Senate Bill 123 Monday. The bill would expand the availability of newborn safety incubators, also known as baby boxes, across the state. Only two departments […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Baby box law intends to save newborn lives

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS – In 1972, a 17-year-old girl in Ohio was raped and became pregnant. When the teen gave birth to a baby girl, she abandoned her two hours […]

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‘Baby box’ bill sent to the governor’s desk

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation designed to protect distressed mothers who want to anonymously drop off their newborns is taking the final steps toward becoming law in Indiana. Under the Safe Haven law, a mother is allowed to give up her baby at a police station, fire station or a hospital emergency room […]

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Lawmakers hope ‘baby boxes’ will aid distressed mothers

By Lucas Lloyd TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Distressed mothers soon could have the option of anonymously dropping off their newborns in box designed to shelter the child until help can arrive. “Often times the little children are in a basket wrapped in blankets on steps of a church or a local fire station. The mothers care […]

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Lawmakers push for the use of baby boxes

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana General Assembly is looking to provide more protections for mothers who want to anonymously drop off their newborns. Senate Bill 246 would extend immunity to mothers who leave their child in a newborn safety device or a baby box. It also provides civil immunity to hospitals who […]