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Mo. lawmaker backs expansion of 'Safe Haven' law

Mar 1, 2012
A sign designating a location as a "safe place" for women to surrender newborns within a certain period of time, no questions asked.
(via Flickr/joelk75)

A Missouri lawmaker says parents of newborns should get more time to decide whether they want to surrender their baby to the state.

State law allows a parent to leave their a child at a hospital, fire station or police station within five days of the child's birth.

Rep. Kevin McManus, a Kansas City Democrat, is sponsoring legislation that would give parents up to 60 days to safely surrender a newborn.